$20 million settlement agreement reached in labor trafficking cases coordinated by SPLC on behalf of exploited Indian guest workers | Southern Poverty Law Center: A $20 million settlement agreement has been reached to resolve numerous labor trafficking lawsuits – spearheaded by the SPLC – against Signal International, a Gulf Coast marine services company that was found liable by a federal jury earlier this year for defrauding and exploiting workers it lured from India.
A $20 million settlement agreement has been reached to resolve numerous labor trafficking lawsuits – spearheaded by the SPLC – against Signal International, a Gulf Coast marine services company that was found liable by a federal jury earlier this year for defrauding and exploiting workers it lured from India.
The company, based in Mobile, Alabama, will issue an apology to guest workers who also sued in Texas and Louisiana. The agreement, if approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, would resolve the 11 lawsuits still facing the company, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Those lawsuits represent more than 200 workers with the same claims as those of the workers in the successful SPLC lawsuit tried earlier this year.
“We are happy to have reached an agreement and hope to see it quickly approved by the court,” said Jim Knoepp, SPLC deputy legal director. “These workers have waited seven long years for justice. This agreement and apology from the company will allow the workers to finally move on with their lives. It also serves as a warning to companies that might exploit guest workers.”
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