Private Detainee Center Can't Dodge Labor Abuse Row

By Kevin Penton (May 15, 2018, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday declined to toss a putative class action filed by immigrants who allege that their wages were stolen by the owner of a privately run detention facility, but did pare back some of the wage allegations.

U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino said detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego may hit CoreCivic Inc. with allegations that it violated state minimum wage and unfair competition laws and federal and state statutes meant to prohibit forced labor by barring human trafficking. The center houses immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and facing...

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