NEW ORLEANS – A laborer alleges he was recruited from Honduras to be a welder in the state and was trafficked to other employers.
Luis Alberto Zeron Zuniga filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Masse Contracting Inc., Craig P. Masse, Bollinger Calcasieu LLC and Four Star Enterprises LLC alleging that they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Louisiana Victims of Human Trafficking Act and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was trafficked from Honduras to Lockport and ultimately to Lake Charles and was not paid time-and-one-half for hours worked in excess of 40 per week for the defendants. He also alleges that the defendants deducted wages from his pay for room and board, which brought his pay below the minimum wage rate. The plaintiff holds Masse Contracting Inc., Masse, Bollinger Calcasieu LLC and Four Star Enterprises LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly conspired to deprive him of his civil rights, intentionally subjected him to dangerous asbestos materials without any protection, failed to provide a safe work environment and failed to maintain proper time records.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for all legal damages, plus penalties, attorney’s fees, interest and costs and all equitable relief allowed under the law. He is represented by Jean-Paul Robert in Gonzales.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-13909