GEO Asks Judge To Reverse Loss In $1-A-Day Wage Trial

By Carolina Bolado (November 12, 2021, 8:39 PM EST) -- The GEO Group asked a Washington federal judge Thursday to overturn a $17.3 million jury verdict in favor of a class of detainees at a major U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding site, arguing that there is no employer-employee relationship between a detention facility and detainees and state and federal minimum wage laws do not apply.

In a motion for judgment as a matter of law, GEO said the Washington Minimum Wage Act and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act do not apply to detainees participating in GEO's $1-per-day pay practice at the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, where...

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