Company settles complaint over Indian workers after Katrina
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The government says an Alabama-based company will pay about $5 million to settle discrimination claims involving nearly 500 Indians forced to live in crowded, unsanitary camps after coming to work following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the agreement Friday with Signal International, a shipbuilding and repair company in Mobile.
The agency claimed the company used a federal guest worker program to bring men from India to work at its facilities in Texas and Mississippi after the hurricanes. The complaint alleged 476 Indian men were forced to live in overcrowded, unsanitary trailers, while non-Indians weren't.
The company didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. It previously reached a $20 million lawsuit settlement and apologized to the workers.