(a) A person may not intimidate, threaten, restrain, coerce, blacklist, discharge, or in any manner discriminate against any person who has:

Terms Used In 29 CFR 501.4

  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Employee: A person who is engaged to perform work for an employer, as defined under the general common law of agency. See 29 CFR 501.3
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.

(1) Filed a complaint under or related to 8 U.S.C. 1188 or the regulations in this part;

(2) Instituted or caused to be instituted any proceedings related to 8 U.S.C. 1188 or the regulations in this part;

(3) Testified or is about to testify in any proceeding under or related to 8 U.S.C. 1188 or the regulations in this part;

(4) Consulted with an employee of a legal assistance program or an attorney on matters related to 8 U.S.C. 1188, or to this subpart or any other Department regulation promulgated pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1188; or

(5) Exercised or asserted on behalf of himself or others any right or protection afforded by 8 U.S.C. 1188 or the regulations in this part.

(b) Allegations of discrimination against any person under paragraph (a) of this section will be investigated by the WHD. Where the WHD has determined through investigation that such allegations have been substantiated, appropriate remedies may be sought. The WHD may assess civil money penalties, seek injunctive relief, and/or seek additional remedies necessary to make the employee whole as a result of the discrimination, as appropriate, initiate debarment proceedings, and recommend to OFLC revocation of any such violator’s current labor certification. Complaints alleging discrimination against workers or immigrants based on citizenship or immigration status may also be forwarded by the WHD to the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.