Guest Workers Sue Oil Firm Over Residency Promises

Law360, New York (March 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A group of 500 foreign welders and pipe fitters recruited by Signal International LLC to help with reconstruction efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are hauling the oil-rig repair and construction company to court, claiming they were falsely promised permanent resident status.

The workers, who filed the lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, were brought into the United States between 2003 and 2007 through the federal government’s H-2B guest worker program to provide labor and services...
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