When it comes to issues like discriminatory and/or preferential practices in the workplace, many people may not know that such behavior can have a negative impact on other workers than just the immediate victims. That is why any and all incidents of employment discrimination in California must be recognized and addressed so that they do not lead to more victimization. Unfortunately for thousands of workers across the country, one industry seems to be functioning on an institutionalized culture of illegal mistreatment that is fast spreading.
The agricultural industry is largely fueled by a workforce of immigrant laborers. Many work in the U.S. through guest worker programs and the H-2 Visa, and many more are unauthorized immigrants laboring without recognition or protection under the law. As a result, immigrant farm workers are often subjected to substandard workplace conditions because, some argue, employers readily exploit their vulnerability.