Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Sen. Tom Adelson
Adelson introduces Oklahoma Fair Employment Act
As part of a comprehensive plan to assist working
families, Senator Tom
Adelson has filed legislation that would impose state penalties
against employers who hire illegal aliens.
Senate Bill 510 would also allow citizens and legal U.S. residents
to take action against such employers.
"This is a first of its kind attempt at the state level to
deal with disruptions in the labor market" said Adelson, D-Tulsa.
"My bill is intended to protect employers who play by the rules
and to protect Oklahomans from unfair labor practices. I want to
fight for a living wage and to protect Oklahomans from illegal competition,"
SB 510 would address the single greatest threat to American workers:
the systematic and widespread employment of illegal aliens. While
the federal government refuses to take action against employers
who undercut opportunities and wages for American workers, Sen.
Adelson's Oklahoma Fair Employment Act (Senate Bill 510), would
impose state penalties against such employers and allow citizens
and legal U.S. residents to take action against them.
A report by the Wall Street investment firm Bear Stearns earlier
this month revealed that the pervasive employment of illegal aliens
is a direct threat to middle class workers in the United States.
According to the report, between 4 and 6 million U.S. jobs have
shifted from the legal work force to the underground since 1990
as employers have systematically replaced American workers with
lower wage illegal aliens. Other studies estimate illegal immigration
depresses wages by 5 to 6 percent.
"There is a mounting body of evidence that the vast majority
of poor and middle class Americans are being directly and indirectly
harmed by mass illegal immigration," noted Dan Stein, president
of Federation for Immigration Reform. "These American workers
and taxpayers have had almost no legal recourse to defend themselves
against employers who blatantly violate federal immigration laws
while depriving millions of Americans a fair opportunity to find
work and improve their wages. The Oklahoma Fair Employment Act represents
one of the most important labor protection programs since the establishment
of the minimum wage and the adoption of occupational safety and
"Enactment of Oklahoma Senate Bill 510 would represent not
only a significant protection for workers in Oklahoma, but would
be an important model for Congress and the other 49 states,"
Stein continued. "Senator Adelson is among a growing number
of political leaders around the country who have come to recognize
the devastating impact that mass illegal immigration is having on
working Americans, and is at the vanguard of a growing grassroots
movement demanding that something be done to address this crisis."
Among the important protections established by Oklahoma Senate Bill
• The right of authorized U.S. workers to take action against
employers who discharge them while continuing to employ illegal
• Compensation paid to illegal alien workers will not be deductible
business expenses from state taxes.
• Suspension of corporate charters of companies that knowingly
employ illegal aliens.
• Companies employing illegal aliens will be barred from state
contracts or grants.
• Safe harbor status is granted to employers who verify the
eligibility status of workers using the online "Basic Pilot
Program" established by Congress in 1996.
As part of his program to help working families, Senator Adelson
has also filed legislation to:
1. Increase the minimum wage;
2. provide prescription drug cards to the underserved;
3. And end discriminatory hospital pricing.
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774