PASCAGOULA — A federal agency has filed a lawsuit against an oil rig construction company over treatment of hundreds of immigrant workers recruited in India to work in Mississippi and Texas.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges numerous allegations of discriminatory conduct by Signal International against the workers, including forcing them to live in crowded quarters with poor food for which they were charged $35 daily. The complaint, filed April 20, also says they were subjected to hostile working conditions and that the company retaliated against two workers for opposing the alleged unlawful conduct.
Calls to Signal International in Pascagoula and Mobile, Ala., were not immediately returned for comment, according to the Associated Press.
Indian workers filed a lawsuit in 2008 making some of the same allegations, which the company then called “baseless and unfounded.”
Source: Associated Press