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CASE NAME:Salvacion Galano Agaton et al v. Hospitality & Catering Services Inc.
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Salvacion Galano Agaton, Maria Luisa Pedoche Cangas, Harold Lee Alexis Cepeda, Julius Rufino Tope Dellosa, Daniel M Du Toit, Manolo Marasigan Hintay, Imelda S Magpantay, Kenneth L Omandac, Mylene R Pinpin, Eleonor Morales Ramos, Ernalyn Santos Sembrano, Delores T Poyaoan, Aura Aurora A Flores,
ALL DEFENDANTS:Hospitality & Catering Services Inc.
CITATION:2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46966
DOCKET NUMBER:5:11-cv-01716-EEF-MLH
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Elizabeth Erny Foote
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YEAR OF VERDICT:2013
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Louisiana
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:13 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
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TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Hotel Industry, Restaurant/Bar Industry
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FIRST CLAIM:Uncompensated Overtime
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 207(a)(1)
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Dropped
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SECOND CLAIM:U-Visa Certification
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(U), 8 U.S.C. § 1184(p)(1)
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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THIRD CLAIM:Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act
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THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SUMMARY:Plaintiffs and other workers, all non-US citizens, were employed by Hospitality and Catering Services Inc. and given jobs as cooks, hospitality workers, or laundry workers. Hospitality and Catering Services defrauded Plaintiffs by making false promises to them regarding their visas, the jobs they would be given, their payment, and their living conditions in order to induce them to move to the area and work for the company. Defendants forced Plaintiffs to work by threatening them with negative immigration consequences. The workers motions for default judgment granting them compensation for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and for U-Visa certification were denied and all claims were dropped.
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