Filipino workers seek class action suit for alleged human trafficking scheme

Three Filipinos are seeking class action on behalf of at least 100 other employees, in a complaint filed in Oklahoma District Courts last Wednesday over what is being called a human trafficking scheme.

According to court documents, Madelyn Casilao, Harry Lincuna, and Allan Garcia paid thousands of dollars in fees to be recruited from the Philippines to work in Clinton, Oklahoma, at a hotel, restaurant, and water park owned by Walter and Carolyn Schumacher.

Once employed there, court documents say the Pinoys were paid less than their contractual agreements and below federal minimum wage. For example, the court documents list the plaintiffs earning four dollars and 25 cents per room cleaned as housekeepers.

Meanwhile, the Schumacher’s attorney is denying the allegations and believes they will be proven false once the case is resolved.

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