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18 Jan 2016

India West

Guest Workers to Receive $5 Million from EEOC Lawsuit Against Signal International

Signal International…will pay about $5 million to settle a federal race discrimination lawsuit that has been pending for four years…Eleven different lawsuits had been brought out against Signal, after Indian guest workers sued Signal for forcing them to work in harsh conditions...Signal agreed to settle all the lawsuits for $20 million before declaring bankruptcy the same day…The guest workers – primarily welders and pipe-fitters recruited from South India…complained of squalid living conditions…They also complained that they had been recruited under false promises of getting a green card…[W]orkers paid more than $20,000 for the opportunity to work in the U.S., some selling off ancestral lands and jewelry to obtain the funds.