The ability to sue does not depend on immigration status.
J Charles Ferrari
Eng & Nishimura
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Yes, your employer is required to follow the law, regardless of your immigration status. This means that your employer has to pay you at least the minimum wage, and also has to comply with the overtime laws. You should talk to an employment lawyer.
Absolutely yes. You can contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's office which enforces this law and frowns on these kinds of threats. Retaliation against an employee who complains about unpaid wages is prohibited under the Massachusetts Wage Act. An employer faces mandatory treble damages and must pay the employee's attorneys' fees if liability exists. On the AG's website is a Nonpayment of Wage Complaint form that you can fill out and submit.
Since your employer is threatening you, you should consider retaining an attorney who will advocate for you and tell the employer to back off. Good luck.
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