Pinoy workers sue LA bakery for alleged forced labor, scant pay

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.

News Story (California)

Rie Takumi
GMA News Online
March 20, 2015
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Tags: Employment, Trafficking, Wage Theft, Workers Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)


According to the suit, the Filipinos were promised work as “skilled bakery chefs and managers” but were put into “oppressive and discriminatory conditions as domestic servants, physical laborers engaged in landscaping and building maintenance.”

The workers ended up earning the same wages they earned in a baking venture by Alameida in the Philippines, or $3 an hour for 14-hour workdays at L’Amande’s two branches.

The report quoted an anonymous source as saying that the Almeidas restricted the Filipinos from speaking in Tagalog and favored locally-hired workers. They also fired those who failed to meet their expectations, putting their immigration status in limbo.