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ACLU forces abusive Manhattan retailer to pay up

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It took nearly a year, but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has finally forced Manhattan retailer Albert Palacci to pay for blatantly exploiting three immigrant women.

The women worked for Palacci as cashiers and general assistants at Ramco and National Discount stores on Dyckman Street, where they were paid as little as $30 per day. Palacci allegedly demanded sex in exchange for raises and, when rejected, physically assaulted them.

A jury found Palacci liable for damages in September 2006, but Palacci refused to pay the award. A year later, the ACLU achieved a legal settlement of $750,000. 

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