Iowa Court Rules in Favor of Disabled Workers

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  1. John Anderson says:

    “The men worked in a West Liberty meat-processing plant for 41 cents an hour and were housed in a 100-year-old converted schoolhouse.”

    It’s not even an issue of disability. It’s modern day slavery.

    “He said Henry’s had deliberately chosen not to provide the men with disability services, health insurance or access to Iowa Medicaid – a move that resulted in some of the men not being seen by doctors or dentists for years.”

    This sounds like it could cross into illegal restraint / kidnapping depending on how they were prevented. It’s probably at least human trafficking. If they picked disabled people specifically because they could more easily enslave them, the owners and managers should be charged with a hate crime if allowed for in the state and a federal civil rights violation if not.

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