Former Shipyard Employees File Suit Against Signal International

NEW ORLEANS (WLOX) -- About 100 Indian workers who quit their shipyard jobs last week, have filed a federal lawsuit against their former employer.

You'll recall the workers marched last week outside the gates at Signal International in Pascagoula. They accuse that company of "human trafficking" and mistreating its Indian workers. Now, those same workers have filed a federal lawsuit in New Orleans.

The former Signal employees were hired under the federal guest worker program. Along with filing the federal lawsuit, they have filed formal complaints with the U.S. Justice Department.

Signal International denies the workers' allegations and says the majority of its guest workers have been pleased with the federal program and have no complaints about how the company treats its employees.