Tammy Walker was in court last week to answer the charges that she did not pay her employees. Seven of her employees, all illegal aliens, filed and won a lawsuit to get the wages she owed them.
Her former employees testified to the poor working conditions that included a lack of climate control in the facility, rodents in the facility and a lack of running water constituted terrible working conditions. Evidence presented in the case and proven to be correct that Walker would deduct money for taxes from these workers and never actually turned any of it in to the Internal Revenue Service. The also testified that she held the threat of turning them in to Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they quit or attempted to get their unpaid wages.
Walker retorted that the plaintiff’s claims were exaggerated and that they were using this suit to get a U-Visa. A U-Visa is a United States nonimmigrant visa which is set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the U.S. and who are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
When all was said and done the court awarded the plaintiffs over $53,000 in compensation and the cost of their attorney fees. They were all awarded additional compensation for mental anguish inflicted upon them by Walker in the sum of $2,000.