From 2009 to 2014, a black man was enslaved by a restaurant manager I should receive more money According to the South Carolina Court of Appeals, after her kidnapper pleaded guilty.
In 2019, John “Jack” Christopher Smith received US$272,952 in compensation, of which Represents minimum wage and overtime pay According to reports, he was paid illegally while working at a Johnson & Johnson coffee shop in Conway, South Carolina. CBS News.
Smith Intellectual disability and IQ 70Bobby Edwards was forced to work more than 100 hours a week, and Bobby Edwards took over the management of J&J Cafeteria in 2009.
Smith has been working as a dishwasher in this restaurant since 1990, but when Edwards took over, Start to take advantage of Smith And forced him to work. The court documents said: “Edwards used Jack’s intellectual disability to isolate Jack from his family, perform this type of forced labor, threaten to arrest him, and verbally abuse him.” “Her control of Jack also involves physical abuse.”
In 2019, Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor, and the district court sentenced him to 120 months in prison. At the time, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon said that Edwards “He makes money every day” Steal “victim’s freedom and wages”.
“U.S. Attorney Will not tolerate forced or exploited labor in South CarolinaLeiden said: “We thank the vigilant citizens and our law enforcement partners who have put an end to this particularly cruel act of violence.”
Edwards was also ordered to pay Smith nearly US$273,000, but the government requested an additional US$272,952 in the form of liquidated damages. however, The district court rejected the request.
Now, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals says that the previous restoration did not consider the federal labor law that gave it Smith’s total compensation was US$546,000 (approximately 450 euros).
The court said that when the employer fails to pay, the employee will suffer losses, including “losing the use of the money during the delay period.”
Therefore, the court recommended that in order to fully compensate Smith for any additional losses, his compensation should be doubled. The appeal court overturned the district court’s compensation for the plaintiff, Request to recalculate.