In summer 2010, immigration agents raided a factory in Fullerton, California run by the company Terra Universal. Agents corralled the workers and handcuffed and arrested 43 people, most of whom are now in deportation proceedings. In late August the workers, with support from organizations like the ACLU and CHIRLA, filed a class action lawsuit in federal district court against Terra Universal, charging the multi-million dollar federal government contractor with violations of federal wage and hour laws for requiring employees to work long hours without overtime pay and systematically discriminating against Latino workers based on their race and immigration status.
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