Workers Sue Bakery They Allege Made Them Work 90 Hours A Week As Indentured Servants

A new lawsuit alleges that a bakery exploited the E-2 visa program and forced employers to work 13 hour days for minimal pay.
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Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
March 20, 2015
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Tags: Benefits, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA)


Eleven Filipino workers are suing the owners at a French bakery in California for wage and labor violations and making them perform months of day-long manual labor not covered under their work visas, a lawsuit filed by the civil legal aid organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) revealed Thursday.

Under threat of revoking their visas and sending workers back to the Philippines, the lawsuit alleged that the employers used visa sponsorships to attract workers to the United States under false pretenses, forcing them to work beyond designated role assignments at both the bakery and the owners’ personal residences.