A group of Filipino workers has filed a civil case against the owners of a French-style bakery in Los Angeles for alleged labor and wage violations.
March 20, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) DC
A group of Filipino workers has filed a civil case against the owners of a French-style bakery, L’Amande, owned by Analiza Moitinho De Almeida, in Los Angeles for alleged labor and wage violations, paying their visa and travel fees at an average of $11,000 upfront, which took five years to repay.
The workers $3 an hour for 14-hour workdays at L’Amande.
“The workers were told they would work as skilled bakery chefs and managers, but when they arrived what they faced was starkly different,” said the complaint from the plaintiffs on behalf of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “They were forced to work … in illegal, oppressive, and discriminatory conditions as domestic servants, physical laborers engaged in landscaping and building maintenance, and retail bakery workers doing a substantial amount of menial work.”
Laboni Hoq, a lawyer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said in a statement Thursday that the E-2 visa is “ripe for abuse and employer misuse,” and called it “overdue for reform. … By offering a largely unregulated avenue for wealthy foreign nationals to get a competitive advantage in the U.S. marketplace, the E-2 visa allows unscrupulous foreign investors to bring in immigrant workers who can be forced to accept abusive working conditions or risk deportation and retaliation in their home country.”Tags: Employment, Trafficking, Workers Rights