The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, on behalf of more than 200 construction workers in India, is said to be ‘a gross violation of the country’s labor laws, including enforcement laws.’
Millions of oppressed people from India have been hired to build a large Hindu temple in New Jersey where they were forced to work long hours to earn less money in violation of U.S. refugee and immigration laws, according to a court summoned Tuesday.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Newark on behalf of more than 200 Indian civil servants at the temple, is said to be “a gross violation of the country’s basic labor laws, including the ban on forced labor.”
Sutayi, co-written by five staff members, is suing employers, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, or BAPS, and other recruiting agencies in India, bringing them to the United States and forcing them to work more than 87 hours a week for $ 450 a month. or about $ 1.20 per hour.
New Jersey minimum wage is $ 12 per hour and U.S. law requires that wages be increased by half an hour and a half if they work more than 40 hours a week.
The suit says co-workers are under constant surveillance and are threatened with money laundering, arrests and repatriation to India if they talk to foreigners. On Tuesday, FBI agents went to the beautiful Robbinsville rural temple, east of Trenton, on Tuesday.
“We were there in court-sanctioned cases,” Doreen Holder, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Newark, confirmed by telephone.
The investigator declined to say how many offices were on site or to describe their work.
A spokesman for the BAPS, which claims to be a Hindu spiritual group, and its organizations at its office in Piscataway, New Jersey, did not return any comment.
The suit states that BAPS owns the land on which the building was built and is ready for construction. The temple has been open for a number of years but expansion work is under way.
The protesters, who are said to have worked at the temple as stonecutters and other construction workers since 2012, said that in India, they belonged to the Caste group, which has long been known as “inactive” and unassuming.
Shortly after completing their construction work, the complainants said they were “forced to live and work on a fenced-in fence, which is not allowed to leave with BAPS officers.”
The suit, which also states that the workers were selected to be religious and dedicated when they entered the country, wants “full benefits for their work” as well as undisclosed damages and other compensation.