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Raided California Company Sued in Wage & Hour Class Action for Mistreating Undocumented Workers

In Breaking News on September 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

Business Week reports that civil rights lawyers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Terra Universal Inc., a government contractor that was the target of an immigration raid this summer, accusing the company of bilking illegal workers out of pay and violating their rights.  The civil suit alleges that Terra Universal and its owner denied illegal immigrant workers overtime and sick pay and discriminated against them because of their visa status.

The suit alleges that the company put red stickers on illegal immigrant workers’ personnel files, which marked them for lower pay, longer hours and hostile treatment. It also accuses the company of forcing illegal workers to clock out at the end of their eight-hour work days, then clock back in as a “second job” in order to evade scrutiny of its overtime payments. . . . Terra Universal Chief Operating Officer Ken Harms said the company values its employees and is sad to hear some may be dissatisfied.

By CHARLES JUNG

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