So, how does it make sense that someone who works for cash and doesn't pay taxes to the government should get the government service of a government agent stepping to the plate and collecting money from BP for that person when that person finds him-or-herself in a position of no longer being employed in that under the table situation?
How is it that the person "should not be punished for a past mistake?" That supposition could lead all sorts of places... like that BP should not be expected to be "punished" by paying for the mistaken blow out of the well in the Gulf, for instance.
Serious, people. Think about it. Stupid.