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Monday, July 30, 2012
By: Ethan A. Huff
[NaturalNews] Monsanto, the most evil corporation in the world (http://www.naturalnews.com/030967_Monsanto_evil.html), is the subject of yet another lawsuit in which plaintiffs claim the agri-giant lied to them and ripped them off. Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports that Monsanto recently recruited several agricultural workers in Texas with promises of high pay and free housing, but instead tricked them into working for pittance, and living in substandard housing equivalent to that found in third-world countries.
Jose Cardenas and several others say that, back in 2010, they were recruited for agricultural work near the Texas border town of McAllen by a company known as Milo Inc., which was in cahoots with Monsanto. Cardenas and at least seven others were told that if they agreed to work in Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) corn fields in Indiana, they would receive free housing with kitchens, and would be paid $80 per acre for de-tasseling “Frankencorn.”
The workers were also told that if they agreed to weed the fields in addition to removing the pollen-producing flowers from the tops of corn plants, they would receive an additional cash bonus. According to the lawsuit, Milo Inc. President Hermilo Cantu Jr., working on behalf of Monsanto, basically promised Cardenas and the others the world, which convinced them to agree to the promised terms and relocate to Indiana.
But when Cardenas and the other plaintiffs arrived in Indiana, the “free housing” they were promised turned out to be a run-down motel that “did not comply with substantive federal and state safety and health standards applicable to agricultural labor housing.” The “kitchens” also turned out to be an old school bus that had been outfitted with makeshift stoves and a few refrigerators. The school bus did not have proper lighting or ventilation, and it did not have enough tables and chairs to accommodate all the workers, alleges the lawsuit.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
By: Jonathan Benson
[NaturalNews] A former Sears worker is being charged with numerous crimes after it was discovered that he had been quietly installing spying equipment in women’s dressing rooms and restrooms throughout the store. Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports that Alejandro Gamiz, who had been working as a maintenance worker at the North Hollywood, California, Sears location for seven years until being recently fired, had been capturing secret video footage of women and children changing and using the restrooms in the Sears store and uploading these images to the internet.
Such perversion had been taking place for about three years until another Sears worker happened to notice video equipment and peep holes in some of the restrooms and changing rooms on April 12, 2012. This worker reported the information, upon which it was determined that Gamiz was the one responsible. Gamiz was then arrested for burglary and surreptitious filming of unsuspecting women by North Hollywood Area Sexual Assault detectives, according to ABC News.
“My heart immediately sank,” said Krystel Dean, a Sears employee, about when she learned of Gamiz’s illicit activity. “Not only have I used the restroom and dressing rooms, but my small children have used them as well. I feel like our privacy has been invaded.”
Plaintiffs also name Sears as defendant in case
Dean and 15 other Sears employees have joined together to file a lawsuit against both Sears and Gamiz, as have nine other Sears customers who believe they and their children may have been victims of the filming at some point in time. Sears is also included as a defendant in the case because plaintiffs say the company tried to muzzle employees upon learning of the situation in order to keep the situation under wraps.
“Gamiz regularly and frequently purported to be performing maintenance in the women’s restrooms, women’s dressing rooms, children’s dressing rooms, air ducts and crawl spaces when no maintenance was required, requested or necessary. Gamiz would close off access to these areas such that he had the opportunity to drill the peep holes and install the video equipment without interruption,” said the plaintiffs.
“By Sears intentionally turning a blind eye to Gamiz’s behavior, Sears allowed Gamiz to spy for years on women and children as they undressed and used the restroom and further allowed him to record these women and children and upload their images to the internet.”
Gamiz has since been released on $20,000 bail, but plaintiffs in the case are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for a number of charges, including negligent hiring (by Sears), violation of right to privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and failure to prevent harassment. The case is being represented by Michael Alder of AlderLaw of Beverly Hills.