My son works for a person, or persons that blow glass, They mainly make drug paraphernalia. He works making them in a small room and is paid 8.00 an hour in cash, no receipts of accounting or even name of a company, Is my son braking the law and subject to arrest?
Hi Jacustomer,If your son is working off the books regardless of whether he is making drug paraphernalia or not, he is breaking the law. If the company is involved in the production of contraband, then if it is discovered and raided, the workers there would be subject to arrest. While some drug paraphernalia can have a legitimate use also, others don't. It would appear from this set up that the owner realizes he is operating illegally. I don't know how likely it would be that the business would be targeted by the government and closed down. But if it ever was, he would certainly be at risk, and this would likely be a Federal offense.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX been out of work for sometime and needs the money, his unemployment ran out so he hasn't much choice. He likes working with glass and wants to use that skill for his art. I hope he can do that before the place is raided. He also doesn't want to quit because they held back one week and he knows if he quits he might never see that last week. I think he should report them to the California labor commission at least but then again he will lose his job if he does.
Hi Steve,Yeah, that's the bind that he's in. If he needs the money then he gets nothing out of doing any whistleblowing. I assume that your son is all grown up and understands the risk of the enterprise he's involved in. I don't know that the authorities will ever find this workshop, but I'd recommend that he start looking for a legitimate position to get out of there as soon as possible. Meanwhile, neither he nor you should be discussing what he does for a living and where.
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