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Case Code: CLHR006
Case Length: 3 pages 
Period: ---  
Pub Date: 2008
Teaching Note: Not Available
Subject : Human Resources/ Organization Behavior
Organization :--
Industry : Marine Construction and Fabrication
Countries : --

Labor Unrest at Signal International*



In early 2008, the guest workers from India working in a US marine construction and fabrication company, Signal International, LLC alleged that the company ran a nexus of human trafficking along with Indian recruiters to pool in cheap labor and later exploit them. The company and the recruiters vehemently denied the allegations
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  • HR sourcing
  • Labor unrest
  • Work/life balance
  • Training/mentoring
In early 2008, Signal International, LLC (Signal) found itself at the receiving end of a class action lawsuit and severe criticism regarding its human resources (HR) and human rights practices. Signal was a marine construction and fabrication company based in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA, that served customers in the Gulf of Mexico...
Questions for Discussion:
1. What are the factors that led to the labor unrest at Signal International?

2. Discuss the issues and challenges in sourcing labor from other countries in the light of the incident at Signal International.


HR sourcing,Labor unrest,Ethics

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