GADSDEN, ALA. (CN) - A federal class-action RICO complaint accuses Cinram International of depressing labor costs by hiring undocumented aliens to work for it, and paying Tri Staffing, Blair Staffing and Logistics, and The Job Center to find and recruit the workers. Lead plaintiff Saul Cruz claims the defendants harbor the illegal workers, help them get fake employment documents and help them evade law enforcement officials. Cinram is "one of the world's largest manufacturers of pre-recorded DVD, CD-Audio and DC-ROM technology."
Cinram, based in Richmond, Ind., employs 1,100 hourly workers at its manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Ala. Blair Staffing and Tri Staffing operate out of Madison, Ala. The Job Center works out of an unknown address in Alabama, the complaint states.
The complaint states, among other things, that after Cinram knowingly and recklessly hires aliens with bogus documents and helps them evade detection, "Cinram has fired unauthorized workers for complaining about on-the-job injuries and not meeting production demands and then rehired, via the above-named staffing agencies, those same individuals weeks later with new and different fake documents. In addition to establishing that Cinram's hiring of unauthorized workers is done with full knowledge and with complete disregard of the law, this shows that Cinram's intent is to send a message to other unauthorized workers that they are to work hard and not complain about conditions, or else they will be fired."
Plaintiffs claim this systematic abuse has been continuous since 2004.
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