California City Repeals Law Targeting Day Laborers

03/21/2013 01:16 pm ET

LA HABRA – Faced with the threat of a free-speech lawsuit city leaders have repealed a law that prevented day laborers from soliciting work on the city's sidewalks.

La Habra's ordinance made it unlawful for any person to stand on a public street or a highway and solicit, or attempt to solicit, employment from motorists. As a result, the city law – and others similar to it enacted by municipalities in the state – affected day laborers who are often undocumented, not unionized and stand in front of large home-improvement retailers looking for work.

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