David v. Signal, 08-1220, U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. La. (filed March 2008); (H-2B metalworkers allege labor trafficking, discrimination, fraud, and other violations)
Class action complaint by H-2B guestworkers employed as welders and pipefitters in the marine fabrication sector, filed March 7, 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana collectively alleging violations of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO); the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1985), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and state laws governing fraud and breach of contract. Five workers also brought individual claims for damages arising from false imprisonment, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress stemming from Signal’s efforts to extra-legally detain and forcibly deport them after they organized and complained about this illegal activity.