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CASE NAME:Alejandra Ramos v. Javier Hoyle
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Alejandra Ramos, Maria Onelia Maco Castro
ALL DEFENDANTS:Javier Hoyle, Patricia Perales
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DOCKET NUMBER:08-21809-CIV-MARTINEZ-BROWN
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Jose E. Martinez
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Peru
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
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FIRST CLAIM:Fair Labor Standards Act
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Liable
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SECOND CLAIM:Florida Minimum Wage Act
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SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Liable
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THIRD CLAIM:Breach of Contract
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THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR THIRD CLAIM:Fraud
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FOURTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
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FIFTH CLAIM:Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
FIFTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC § 1589, et seq.
FIFTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
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TOTAL AWARD:$125,000
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SUMMARY:Plaintiffs were employed as housekeepers and childcare providers by Defendants. Plaintiff Ramos worked for Defendants from 2002 until 2005 and Plaintiff Castro worked for Defendants from 2006 until 2008. Plaintiffs allege that in addition to keeping their passports and immigration papers, Defendants, among other things, restricted their food, violated their previous agreement made before Plaintiffs came to this country by increasing their work responsibilities, failing to pay them their promised wages and failing to offer the medical insurance that was promised.  Defendants also forced Plaintiffs to live in a converted closet, instructed at least Plaintiff Castro not to talk to certain persons because they had encouraged Plaintiff Ramos to escape, threatened to report Plaintiffs for detention and deportation if they tried to escape, and threatened to encourage and urge law enforcement and immigration officials to pursue Plaintiffs if they ever escaped.
Approval Status:Approved
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