Black man awarded $500,000 for being forced to work for years without pay -

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(CNN)A South Carolina man who was forced to work over 100 hours every week for years without pay and subjected to verbal and physical abuse was supposed to receive close to $273,000 in restitution after his former manager pleaded guilty.
But that initial amount was too low, an appellate court ruled in April. The man should have received more than double that amount -- closer to $546,000 -- from the manager to account for federal labor laws, according to the ruling.
John Christopher Smith was forced to work at a cafeteria in Conway without pay for years. His manager, Bobby Edwards, pleaded guilty to forced labor in 2018 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his abuse of Smith, a Black man who has intellectual disabilities.

A restaurant manager gets 10 years in prison for beating and torturing a black employee

A restaurant manager gets 10 years in prison for beating and torturing a black employee
A US District Court judge in 2019 ordered Edwards, who is White, to pay Smith around $273,000 in restitution, which represented Smith's unpaid wages and overtime.

But the court "erred in failing to include liquidated damages" in the restitution, a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act that would've doubled the amount of restitution Smith received, according to the April ruling from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Virginia.
The Fair Labor Standards Act's liquidated-damages provision holds that if failing to pay a worker's wages on time is so detrimental to that worker's "minimum standard of living," then they should be paid double that amount, the Supreme Court decided in 1945.

"When an employer fails to pay those amounts, the employee suffers losses, which includes the loss of the use of that money during the period of delay," the federal appeals court said.
The district court will now calculate the new amount Smith is owed.
CNN has reached out to the US Attorney's Office in South Carolina and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, which ordered the original restitution payment, for comment.

Smith endured years of abuse

Smith started working at the cafeteria as a part-time dishwasher when he was 12, according to the recent ruling. His first 19 years of employment there, when the restaurant was managed by other members of Edwards' family, were paid.
But when Edwards took over the restaurant in 2009, Smith was moved into an apartment next to the restaurant and forced to work more than 100 hours every week without pay, according to the ruling.

Restaurant manager beat black employee for years and forced him to work without pay

"Edwards effected this forced labor by taking advantage of Jack's intellectual disability and keeping Jack isolated from his family, threatening to have him arrested, and verbally abusing him," the ruling reads.
Smith feared Edwards, who once dipped metal tongs into grease and pressed them into Smith's neck when Smith failed to quickly restock the buffet with fried chicken, the ruling says. Edwards also whipped Smith with his belt, punched him and beat him with kitchen pans, leaving Smith "physically and psychologically scarred," according to the ruling.
But Smith also feared what might happen if he attempted to escape, he told CNN affiliate WPDE in 2017.
"I wanted to get out of there a long time ago. But I didn't have nobody I could go to," he told the affiliate. "I couldn't go anywhere. I couldn't see none of my family."
The ruling says an employee's relative alerted authorities of the abuse in 2014, and the South Carolina Department of Social Services removed Smith from the restaurant that year.
"We are talking about enslavement here," Abdullah Mustafa, then the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said at the time.
CNN has reached out to the Conway chapter of the South Carolina NAACP for comment.
CNN's Faith Karimi contributed to this report.
 

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This is a horrible story.
I bet this will be taken and spun as "muh racism" excuse. Where were this guys guardians? He should NOT be making his own deciions.
That is pretty fucked up and 10 years seems light.
One can only hope that he learns from this in a self-reflective and practical way and not waste half a million dollars overnight.
 

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I think it's pretty funny that what actually happened here is he enslaved a retard but they didn't even mention that until the 3rd paragraph, after they make sure you understand that he was BLACK and the bad man of this story was WHITE. Good for him he actually got something in court. I wonder if he's ever going to see any of that 500k and how it would work out for him since it seems like he's a pretty big retard who can't really function independently
 

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The previous article mentioned that the guy had dropped out of school and was mildly cognitively impaired.

Yeeeaaaah, "mildly" as in willingly not fleeing the coop. Conway isn't that small with a population of over 20,000 people.
 

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"Mentally disabled man abused and not paid for work for 10 years" Always with the muh slavery. Also Edwards is a big name in that area.
Also no one talks about the brazilian and east euro slavery in MB.......
This is the cafeteria in downtown Conway.
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I mean yeah he technically won $500k but I doubt the manager has that to pay out, so I wonder how much he will actually get.
According to this:

How Does a Victim Begin Receiving Money?

The U.S. Clerk of Court is charged with the accounting of collected restitution and distribution of restitution as any payment becomes available.

If you are awarded restitution, simply keep the U.S. Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program (1-888-431-1918) and the U.S. Clerk of Court’s Financial Section (404-215-1625) informed of where you live and if your address changes. Any restitution payment owed will be forwarded to you as it becomes available.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) is charged with enforcing orders of restitution. In cases in which a restitution order is made, the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) of the U.S. Attorney's Office will file a lien on behalf of the United States for the purpose of recovering restitution.


The FLU unit will pursue various means to enforce restitution, as the judgment and its resources permit, on behalf of identified victims for 20 years from the filing date of the Judgment, (plus the time period of actual incarceration) or until the death of the defendant. While a defendant is under the supervision of a probation officer, that probation officer will also monitor and ensure appropriate restitution is paid, when possible.
In other words, they'll spend the next 20 years getting whatever they can out of him. This may include holding his property as collateral.
 

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Thought it was going to be about a black guy complaining he did a few extra hours overtime each week unpaid and won the ghetto lottery with a $500k payout but it was actual slavery, hope the guys family doesn't steal all his shekels once he's paid.

That shit is pretty common here in the UK with wealthy Paki's, they just import a slave into the UK and force them to be maids for basically zero pay or pikeys get a bunch of Eastern Euro's and make them live in a shitty caravan and pay them like £50 a week for manual labor.
 

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I think it's pretty funny that what actually happened here is he enslaved a retard but they didn't even mention that until the 3rd paragraph, after they make sure you understand that he was BLACK and the bad man of this story was WHITE. Good for him he actually got something in court. I wonder if he's ever going to see any of that 500k and how it would work out for him since it seems like he's a pretty big retard who can't really function independently
Agree, the color of his skin is not the main thing at all, but US mainstream media is all about MY RACISM! What if the victim were white and the evil guy black, CNN?
 

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