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This article discusses the Supreme Courts 2002 Hoffman Plastic Compounds opinion normally considered in terms of its social justice ramifications from the different perspective of NLRB attorneys tasked with pursuing enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act NLRA under the conceptually and practically odd rubric that some NLRA employees unauthorized workers have no remedy under the NLRA The article focuses on three problems evincing paradox First NLRB attorneys prosecuting cases involving these workers will probably gain knowledge of unlawful background immigration conduct To what extent must the attorneys disclose it and to whom Second NLRB attorneys are extraordinarily reliant on the broad crediting of employee witnesses to establish unlawful employer conduct How can NLRB attorneys win credibilitybased cases heard before judges who may be predisposed to disbelieve witnesses based on the witnesses unauthorized status Third after Hoffman bargaining units under the NLRA which are certified when a union gains the support of a majority of employees in a work setting can be severely impacted by the absence of a discharge remedy How can the structural integrity of the NLRA be maintained if employers may simply discharge unionrepresented unauthorized workers without real remedial consequence until the unions majority support and with it the employers obligation to bargain is destroyed Assessing the NLRBs peculiar postHoffman investigative policy of assiduously avoiding immigration issues the article contrarily recommends active engagement with the problems identified and chides the agencys failure to embrace new paradox in the expanding immigrant workplace as a serious abdication of its mission

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