Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Immigration Article of the Day: Deterring Worker Complaints Worsens Workplace Safety: Evidence from Immigration Enforcement by Amanda Grittner & Matthew Johnson

Deterring Worker Complaints Worsens Workplace Safety: Evidence from Immigration Enforcement by Amanda Grittner & Matthew Johnson

Abstract

Regulatory agencies overseeing the labor market often rely on worker complaints to direct their enforcement. However, if workers face differential barriers to complain, this system could result in ineffective targeting and create disparities in working conditions. To investigate these implications, we examine how the onset of Secure Communities—a localized immigration enforcement program—affected occupational safety and health. Counties’ participation in Secure Communities substantially reduced complaints to government safety regulators, but increased injuries, at workplaces with Hispanic workers. We show that these effects are most consistent with employers reducing safety inputs in response to workers’ decreased willingness to complain.

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https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2022/01/immigration-article-of-the-day-deterring-worker-complaints-worsens-workplace-safety-evidence-from-im.html

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