"The vans transport the workers from the mostly Mexican immigrant neighborhood to their shifts at suburban factories, and back. They serve a critical function in a regional economy that depends heavily on low-wage temporary laborers to assemble toys, package liquor bottles, print advertising fliers and perform an array of other assembly-line tasks.
But lawsuits filed recently in Chicago federal court allege some of the van drivers are at the center of a long-running scheme to unlawfully charge workers for rides. The practice, the lawsuits claim, undercuts the wages of workers already earning the minimum to benefit the staffing agencies that employ them and the currency exchanges that cash their checks."
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