LOS ANGELES — Eleven Filipino workers have sued a bakery in Southern California alleging they were forced to perform menial tasks for meager pay and threatened with massive debt when they complained.
Current and former workers filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday against L'Amande French Bakery demanding more than $1 million in back and overtime pay and damages.
The workers say they were brought to the U.S. on visas for the employees of foreign investors between 2009 and 2014.
They say they had to clean and paint apartments for L'Amande's owners, toil at least 13 hours daily at the bakery, and were threatened with lawsuits if they reported the conditions to state labor investigators.
A message was left for the owners at the bakery's Torrance location.