10th Circ. Grants Cert To Detainees In Geo Forced Labor Suit

Law360 (February 12, 2018, 7:12 PM EST) -- Immigrant detainees accusing private prison giant Geo Group Inc. of using forced labor at a Colorado detention facility and unjustly enriching itself by paying them one dollar for a day's work can proceed in their federal lawsuit as a pair of certified classes, the Tenth Circuit affirmed on Friday.

The appellate court upheld a Colorado federal judge's previous certification of a class of detained immigrants who said that the "Housing Unit Sanitation Policy" in effect at Geo Group's Aurora, Colorado, detention facility violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act because it forced them to either take part in a facility cleaning program...

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