You might remember the huge outrage when instead of hiring local workers in New Orleans for Katrina reconstruction, companies imported cheap labor via guest worker Visas. The Bush administration also suspended an order to pay below prevailing wage...
Well, some of those exploited guest workers tried to sue. This is the result.
A federal appeals court has ruled a Louisiana hotel chain wasn't obligated to cover the relocation expenses incurred by immigrant workers recruited to work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Decatur Hotels of exploiting foreign workers it hired after the August 2005 storm scattered many of its employees.
The suit claims Decatur Hotels violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it refused to reimburse foreign workers for recruitment, transportation and visa expenses. Decatur's foreign workers spent up to $5,000 apiece to relocate to New Orleans.
A three-judge panel concluded the law doesn't require an employer to cover any of those expenses.
Scattering employees my ass. They didn't hire local, imported cheap labor, labor arbitraged to pay workers less, gave massive contracts to our usual corporate no bid contractor suspects like KBR and on top of it, stuck those imported workers with the bill.
How many think it paid for these people to come here, be abused, paid less and stuck with a $5000 dollar bill for their own exploitation?