Ohio Labor Trafficking attorney reviewing unfair labor lawsuits and immigrant exploitation related to illegal job placement programs and labor recruiter abuse
An unfair labor lawsuit was filed recently against the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City for allegedly attracting workers from the Philippines under a deceptive educational work promotion. Recruiters for the hotel promised the interns on-the-job training and cultural immersion, but the workers found only menial labor and long hours for a low wage.
The hotel used internship program visas to gather cheap labor and avoided travel costs and other fees, according to plaintiffs in the case. Such immigrant exploitation incidents are not uncommon and deceptive labor recruitment often gets overlooked by authorities. Workers are frequently held in debt bondage and filled with fears about seeking assistance in the U.S.
The hospitality industry is particularly guilty of such labor abuse and unfair labor violations. Even the best hotels and resorts in the country may use unlawful and unethical tactics in hiring cheap immigrant labor. The Grand America Hotel is considered one of the fanciest in Utah, hosting part presidents and other high-profile conventions.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio labor trafficking lawyer and immigrant exploitation attorney investigating hotel and restaurant worker abuse in job placement programs across the country.
The J-1 visa program the Filipino workers at the Grand America were issued is intended to give foreign workers training and experience in certain fields. The plaintiffs in the case studied tourism in the Philippines and were thrilled to find an offer to learn about the hospitality industry in the United States. They each paid travel costs and recruitment fees of more than $3,000. For a typical hotel immigrant work program, the H-2B visa would be more appropriate, but the hotel would have to cover the travel costs.
But when the Filipinos arrived, the hotel failed to provide the promised supervised training in different areas of the hotel. According to the lawsuit, the Filipino staffers were forced to work up to 60 hours, assigned poor tasks and were threatened with deportation when they complained. Attorneys involved in the case believe there are dozens more workers in the program getting the same unfair treatment, prompting the class action immigrant exploitation lawsuit.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Grand America Hotel has been targeted in unfair labor violations. In 2011, an investigation found the Grand America Hotel was employing 133 workers without proper documentation. The hotel settled that case for $2 million.
Millions of workers worldwide are forced to work in situations that they cannot control. Placement agencies and labor recruiters sell a desirable position abroad but it rarely turns out to be as it seemed. Other instances of immigrant exploitation and unfair labor violations are common. These may include:
If you or a loved one has experienced unfair labor violations and immigrant exploitation at the hands of employers and labor recruiters, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding foreign labor abuse lawsuits.