Court: Labor Law Trumps Immigration Law In KC Restaurant Suit

A panel of federal appellate judges ruled that six undocumented workers are owed about $450,000 in back pay and penalties for uncompensated work during a period spanning 2007 to 2010 at Kansas City’s Jerusalem Cafe.

In a case that drew national attention for pitting federal labor law against federal immigration law, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said that labor law prevailed in this instance. The court ruled that a former owner and former manager of the restaurant couldn’t argue that the workers who were in the United States illegally lacked standing to sue for unpaid wages.

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