Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Detained Migrants Win Right to Minimum Wage in WA

After a two-and-a-half week trial, a federal jury today held that detained migrants at the GEO-run Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are entitled to the state's minimum wage ($13.69/hr). GEO had been paying migrants $1 a day for tasks like cooking and cleaning.

Interestingly, the case was pursued by the Washington State's Attorney General. A class action suit by affected migrants is expected to follow.

Here's is the AG's press release. And here's the Seattle Times' coverage.


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