Bloomberg Law
Feb. 12, 2018, 12:30 PM

Immigration Detainees Can Pursue Forced Labor Class Action

Lawrence E. Dubé
Lawrence E. Dubé

Immigration detainees confined in a GEO Group Inc. correctional facility in Colorado say the government contractor has been paying them as little as $1 a day to participate in a voluntary work program. A federal appeals court Feb. 9 said the detainees could proceed with a class action against the company.

The class action over conditions at the Aurora, Colo., facility is one of several lawsuits filed against the correctional services company. The state of Washington has filed a case alleging that detainees in a GEO facility are employees under state law who are entitled to an $11 per hour ...