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What? They weren’t grateful for a chance to work in the U.S.?

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The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

This $2 million settlement for Jamaican guest workers brought to you by the long-hairs at the SPLC.

The lawsuit against Kiawah alleged that the resort hired a Florida recruiter to find seasonal workers from Jamaica. Jamaican workers then paid about $600 to $700 to obtain H2B visas and pay other travel fees. The lawsuit alleged that Kiawah failed to reimburse employees for those costs as required under law.

In addition, the lawsuit said Kiawah deducted about $330 month for housing in a West Ashley apartment complex, often with four to six workers sharing a unit. The resort also deducted about $72 a month to shuttle workers to and from the island. Because of these deductions, workers’ wages were below the minimum level under the law, the lawsuit said.

Because insourcing exploitation is a long and honored tradition in the U.S. of A.

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  • cpinva

    and they’ll do it again, after their attorneys come up with some half-assed theory to support it, like they did in National Starch.

    • DrDick

      Even at that, they are better than Florida agriculture, which uses outright slave labor.

    • Yes. And I assume that across the country guest workers are receiving threatening memos from corporate.

  • Wapiti

    In January, President Obama laid out rules that would require major companies report employee pay based on gender and a couple of other categories. I’d frankly think major companies should also have to report pay for citizen/green card-holders vs. H1B and H2B. Companies should also have to report subcontractors.

  • Crusty

    Underpaid Jamaicans give this domestic resort more of an Island feel. That’s important to lots of the guests.

    • Snarki, child of Loki

      “Underpaid Jamaicans give this domestic resort more of an Third World grinding poverty Island feel. That’s important to lots of rich assholes among the guests.”

      • Crusty

        Maybe, but I think they actually prefer to be ignorant of third world grinding poverty and assume that the Jamaican setting up their beach chair and bringing them a pina colada drives home to a nice house. Ok, so maybe he has to drive a honda accord instead of a mercedes.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      My uncle and aunt have had a place on Kiawah for years, and from what I heard about the culture, I’ve always declined their invitations to visit. Now I’m even more glad.

      • Mike G

        “Nobody could have predicted” that a former slave plantation island would be less than exemplary in its treatment of workers with lots of melanin.

    • Jackov

      They also really brighten up one’s dreary orchards with their reggae and colorful caps.

  • Ask Me Gently

    In Canada we deny our Jamaican guest workers access to health care if they’re injured on the job.

    • cpinva

      I knew it, Canada actually is a part of the US!

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        “I knew it, Canada actually is a part of the US!”

        Yes, that was all arranged in a secret treaty in early 1941, as part of the deal for the US to help the UK in WWII.

        The real “obvious clue” is that Canada got absorbed into the US phone area code system, truth!

        • Warren Terra

          It at least used to be the case that you’d see corporate policies that affected the US and Canada equally – frequent flyer mile redemption costs, for example – described as “anywhere within the continental United States, including Canda”.

      • Britain and the US had a baby and left it in the snow. That’s where Canada came from.

  • MikeJake

    See also the foreign students scammed into working at a warehouse for Hershey Co., who walked off the job in protest. They were brought over with J-1 visas, for “cultural and educational exchange.” Stacking boxes in a warehouse counts, right?

    • MD Rackham

      Well, if they’re working two shifts then it would indeed be “uniquely American.”

  • DrDick

    Florida truly is the land of opportunity, for the rich and completely amoral.

    • cpinva

      it’s pretty much been like that, since even before Andrew Jackson “liberated” it from Spain.

      • Warren Terra
      • DrDick

        Actually, he liberated it from the Seminoles (it was called the First Seminole War for a reason), who actually controlled pretty much the whole state west of the St. Johns River except for about a 50 mile radius around Pensacola.

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