Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Unauthorized identities: The legal barriers to workers compensation among unauthorized migrants
by Cole, Casey K., M.A., University of Colorado at Denver, 2014, 41; 1556848
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the legal barriers of those engaged in identity loan face when filing for workers' compensation. Farm workers are among the most marginalized groups of unauthorized migrants laborers. Those workers engaged in identity loan are further exploited because of their precarious employment status. Identity loan is a when a worker borrows another persons Social Security Number in order to be employed. When that individual is injured on the job they do not file a workers' compensation claim because fear of employer retaliation, exposure to the government and misinformation. Everyone in California has a right to workers' compensation no matter his or her legal or employment status. Workers' compensation attorneys were interviewed to understand the obstructions farm workers' using identity loan are up against when filing for workers' compensation. Proof of identity and misinformation are among the most substantial barriers to successfully filing a workers' compensation claim.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Horton, Sarah
Commitee: Brett, John, Otanez, Marty
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Law
Keywords: Illegality, Medical anthropology, Migrant health, Superexploitation, Workers' compensation
Publication Number: 1556848
ISBN: 978-1-303-93223-6
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