Former Signal International guest workers file suit

In March 2008, nearly 100 workers marched outside the gates of their former employer, Signal International. They sang the protest song, "We Shall Overcome" in their native language. Then, in a symbol of resistance, workers tossed off their hard hats.
In March 2008, nearly 100 workers marched outside the gates of their former employer, Signal International. They sang the protest song, "We Shall Overcome" in their native language. Then, in a symbol of resistance, workers tossed off their hard hats.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Signal International of Pascagoula is the target of a federal lawsuit filed by a group of Indian guest workers who claim the company misled and mistreated them.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District court in Gulfport on behalf of 33 guest workers who allege they were charged exorbitant "recruitment" fees and forced to live under "barbaric" conditions.

WLOX News first reported on this story in 2008. At the time, a group of Indian workers held a protest outside Signal International.

(Read the story from the WLOX.com News Archive: http://bit.ly/11WZUxo)

The CEO of the company told us then that the complaints against Signal were untrue. He called them "absurd allegations."

The lawsuits against Signal allege the Indian workers were forced to live in unsanitary, racially segregated work camps that endangered their health and psychological well-being.

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