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Fallout Over Work-Camp Rehab Now Includes Lawsuit, Possible Comp Fraud Investigation

By Emily Brill (Reporter)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 182 | 0 | 0 min read

Three drug-court defendants have sued the diversion program that put them to work, for no wages, at a chicken-processing plant, saying the program violates the 13th Amendment’s ban on involuntary servitude. The lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma federal court on Tuesday, accuses the nonprofit Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery and its main partner in private industry, the $1.4 billion dollar corporation Simmons Foods, of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Oklahoma Protection of Labor Act, the Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act, Oklahoma’s human trafficking statutes and th...

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