JACOBS SOLUTIONS, JACOBS ENGINEERING GROUP, AND CH2M HILL COMPANIES SUED FOR ALLEGED FORCED LABOR AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR WORLD CUP CONSTRUCTION IN QATAR
Date Reported: 12 Oct 2023
CompaniesJacobs - Employer , FIFA - Partner
Projects974 Stadium (previously called Ras Abu Aboud) - Site
Total individuals affected: 38Migrant & immigrant workers: ( 38 - Philippines , Construction , Gender not reported )
IssuesPrecarious/Unsuitable Living Conditions , Contract Substitution , Wage Theft , Withholding Passports , Reasonable Working Hours & Leisure Time , Human Trafficking , Forced Labour & Modern Slavery , Right to Food , Access to Water , Restricted mobility
Response sought: Yes, by Journalist; Resource Centre
Story containing response: (Find out more)
Action taken: On the day the suit was filed, Jacobs Solutions responded to the journalists request for comment, saying it had not yet been served the lawsuit or had chance to review the allegations, but that it was committed to respecting the human rights of all those in its operations. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited FIFA to respond to the news of the lawsuit, and the claims contained therein. FIFA did not respond to the Resource Centre's request for comment.
Source type: News outlet
…38 construction workers from the Philippines filed a complaint against the U.S. companies Jacobs Solutions and CH2M Hill and their subsidiaries (collectively, "Defendants") for allegedly managing construction projects that used trafficked and forced labor. The Plaintiffs worked on stadiums built for the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where they … allege they were trafficked and then forced to work…
Plaintiffs claim Defendants managed and oversaw a construction venture that subjected them to inhumane working and living conditions and abuse, including by misrepresenting the terms of their employment in Qatar, forcing Plaintiffs to work inhumane hours and forcing them to live in inhumane conditions, and/or underpaying them or denying them payment for their work. The Plaintiffs also allege Defendants confiscated their passports, trapping them in Qatar, and forcing them to continue to work in violation of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act…
The Complaint in F.C., et al. v. Jacobs Solutions Inc., et al. is available online at: www.qatarcase.com...