In an action for both lost and future wages initiated by two workers injured at a Queens, N.Y., construction site, a Manhattan judge has ruled that the defense may not inquire as to the plaintiffs’ legal authority to work in the United States. The case is Gomez v. F&T Int’l (Flushing, New York) LLC, 101817/05.

When a third-story floor gave way during a 2005 demolition project, Jose Gomez suffered multiple fractures to his vertebrae, resulting in paraplegia. His co-worker Amado Livicura fractured his wrist, requiring surgery.

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