A group of temporary foreign workers has filed a class-action lawsuit in B.C. alleging they paid upwards of $8,000 to secure employment at Mac’s convenience stores in Western Canada but when they got to Canada, there was no work for them.
The class members, believed to more than 300 people, are suing Mac’s and several immigration firms based in Surrey for allegedly luring them to Canada with the false promises of employment.
“It’s just pure exploitation,” said Carmela Allevato, a lawyer representing the workers. “As a Canadian, it’s very disturbing. It’s very disturbing that people have been treated this way.”