• Justice Matters with Attorney John "Juan" Redmann: Honest Work For Honest Wages
  • September 23, 2011
  • Law Firm: Law Office of John W. Redmann LLC - Metairie Office
  • Instead of publishing a judge interview for this month's edition of Justice Matters, we bring to you a wonderful success story of how attorney John "Juan" Redmann, working with attorney Liliana Stephens, helped local Hispanics when employers tried to cheat them out of pay.  Too often in our society, Hispanic workers are treated unfairly when trying to get paid for jobs or when seriously injured on a job site.  Redmann and Stephens are stepping up to the plate to make sure that justice is served.

    Recently, Liliana Stephens received a call from a worker who had been ripped off by his employer.  This worker and his co-workers are undocumented and were hired by a local contractor to work on a massive construction project.  Once the workers had completed their assigned duties, they were given a check for payment.  When presenting the check to the bank for payment the workers learned that the funds were unavailable and that they had been cheated.  When the workers approached this contractor, he threatened to call immigration.  The workers contacted Liliana to seek legal representation.  John and Liliana teamed up and used the system to not only get these workers the compensation they deserved, but to also collect fines and attorney's fees from the contractor.  Redmann and Stephens have become a powerful force combating dishonest contractors.

    Guest correspondent, Ruth Caloian, interviewed Liliana Stephens about her work with John Redmann on this interesting topic.

    CALOIAN: What type of work do you do?

    STEPHENS: I am a general practice attorney with an office located in Kenner.  My practice is concentrated on immigration and collection cases.  Sometime ago John "Juan" Redmann and I saw the need that Hispanic construction workers had for legal counsel because they were not being paid their wages for work completed or were mistreated when they had suffered an accident or injury on the job.  We work tirelessly on these cases.

    CALOIAN: What are you referring to when you say that the Hispanic employees were not receiving their pay for work done?

    STEPHENS: Unfortunately, there are many different types of abuse on the job.  There are bosses and/or contractors who do not pay their Hispanic employees their wages for work done.  The Hispanic employees either receive bad checks or are simply unpaid.  These employers often threaten them by saying they will call the police or immigration offices because the employees have confronted them.  The Hispanic employees have also found that if they have an accident or get injured on the job and asked to be paid or sometimes just for work completed they are at risk for being fired or reported.

    CALOIAN: When you are approached about an unpaid wages claim, accident, or injury case, do you ask for legal documentation or the person's immigration status?

    STEPHENS: Absolutely not!  Here in Louisiana we are not interested in the person's immigration status to make a claim for wages.  In some cases we can obtain a great result without filing a lawsuit.

    CALOIAN: How can a person in this situation contact you?

    STEPHENS: Call my office.  We offer services in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and English.  Our number is (504) 712-4747.  It is very important that you bring as much information as possible about your former employer so that we can start on your claim as soon as possible.  All consultation regarding injury claims or unpaid wages are free.