Thursday, October 20


Here we go again -- activist judges posing as legislators. This time around the 2nd District Court of Appeal in California has ruled that an employer in Torrance, California, must pay worker's compensation benefits to an illegal alien it had employed and who claimed an on-the-job injury.

The Houston Chronicle (registration required) reports:

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in a case involving Torrance, Calif.-based coffee roaster Farmer Bros. Co., which had tried to deny workers' comp benefits to an employee who was in the country illegally.

Farmers Bros. argued that federal immigration laws superseded the state's workers' compensation system.

The plaintiff, Rafael Ruiz, 35, claimed he injured his shoulders, back, neck and hands by lifting sacks of coffee beans. There was no immediate comment from Farmer Bros.

Well, I have a comment: where's mention that Farmer Bros. Co. has been charged with violating federal law in hiring an illegal alien? Yes, it is ludicrous that illegal aliens in California can legitimately claim worker's compensation benefits, but it is even more incomprehensible that an employer of illegals would cite one federal law as a defense, while clearly violating another.

Wonder if this guy who couldn't handle sacks of coffee beans without hurting himself scaled a border fence with no trouble? Wonder what portion of his W/C payments will go back to Mexico in the form of remittances?