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Issues: Migrant Worker Abuse, Wage Theft
To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Bent Gehrt, Rola Abimourched, and Ben Hensler Date: August 1, 2023 Re: New Report: Remediation of Unpaid Severance at Thai Garment Export (Thailand) Please find here a new report concerning the WRC’s investigation and successful remediation of nonpayment of severance benefits to migrant workers at Thai Garment Export,…
Buyers Pulled Orders When Migrant Burmese Garment Workers Spoke Out in Defense of Their Rights, Now They Are Making Workers Whole
Issues: Migrant Worker Abuse, Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft
Despite the inclusion of nondiscrimination protections based on nationality in Thai labor law, Mae Sot is known as a black hole of labor abuse for the many Burmese migrant workers who produce apparel there. Burmese workers in Mae Sot face a range of workplace violations that often go unreported and uncorrected due to their status…
Country: United States
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Migrant Worker Abuse, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wrongful Termination
The complaint alleged that New Era failed to comply with WRC and university Codes of Conduct, and with applicable labor and employment laws, in three general areas: health and safety, age and disability discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Issues: Migrant Worker Abuse
The WRC worked to secure release from detention, urgently needed medical care, and financial compensation for a Cambodian migrant worker who had been unjustly imprisoned in Malaysia while employed by a factory, Honsin Apparel, that is owned by Prolexus Bhd., a supplier of non-collegiate apparel to Nike and, via a sister facility, of collegiate apparel to Under Armour.
Country: United States
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Migrant Worker Abuse, Overtime Violations, Wage Theft
After conducting interviews with workers, the WRC found grave and systematic abuses of the rights of this highly vulnerable workforce, including grossly excessive hours of work, severe and constant harassment and psychological abuse, wages far below the legal minimum, oppressive living conditions, discrimination based on national origin, and threats of violence aimed at preventing workers from reporting these abuses to regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Migrant Worker Abuse, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination
Violations found include punishing sick leave, danger of severe heat stress, requiring homework, and freedom of association violations.