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Aug 5, 2010 9:47 PM by Alison Haynes

Lawsuit filed against Filipino teachers' recruiter

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A class action lawsuit accuses a
California-based business of human trafficking, racketeering and
fraud as it brought hundreds of Filipino teachers to Louisiana to
work in public schools.
The lawsuit was filed in a California federal court on Thursday
by the American Federation of Teachers and the Southern Poverty Law
Center. The company accused is Universal Placement International
Inc.
Among other complaints, the teachers union and the law center
have accused the company of charging the teachers excessive,
illegal placement fees in circumstances that the lawsuit equates to
forced labor and involuntary servitude.
A lawyer for the company didn't immediately return a call for
comment Thursday.
Also named in the lawsuit is the East Baton Rouge Parish School
Board and several school system administrators, accused of ignoring
the alleged abuses.

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