Eight Hispanic workers have filed a class action lawsuit against drywall company Mulcahy Inc., of Mahtomedi, alleging the company paid them less than minimum wage and denied them overtime pay, breaks and health benefits.
Because they say they fear retaliation, the workers are suing under the pseudonym “John Doe” until protective orders can be enacted. The lawsuit alleges they already have been threatened with “severe bodily harm and other reprisals.”
Plaintiffs’ attorney Bill O’Brien says the company exclusively exploits Hispanic crews. “They have hired what in effect are Latino bosses, and the Latino bosses recruit in the Latino community. And they have a shadow work force that works alongside of their non-Latino crews.” The Latino workers are paid “a fraction” of what the others are paid, O’Brien says.
Note: Discrimination doesn’t have to be this overt to cost you. Do a periodic audit to make sure your policies and practices are colorblind.
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