Tennessee’s workers’ compensation statute allows injured workers to recoup benefits regardless of whether they are lawfully employed. In a recent case, a West Tennessee federal district court considered whether an undocumented immigrant could file a lawsuit against his former employer, whom he claims fired him in retaliation for pursuing workers’ comp.
Born in Mexico, Ricardo Torres moved to the United States without documentation in 1997. Later, he applied for a job with Precision Industries, Inc., a small company in Whiteville. When he applied for the job at Precision, he gave a false