Pun v. Tiwari et al, Civil Action No. 8:18-cv-2147 (D. Md.)
This wage theft action was filed on behalf of Mr. Purna Bahadur Pun, a Nepali beekeeper who was forced to work on a rural Maryland farm for three years without lawfully owed wages. The case is brought against Rightway Engineering and Management LLP and its owners, who own a farm in Federalsburg, Maryland and two restaurants in Montgomery County where Mr. Pun was lured to work in 2013 under promises of compensation of $2,000 per month. Exploiting Mr. Pun’s inability to speak English, and lack of resources and local support, the Defendants left Mr. Pun to work and live on the farm by himself, where he worked day and night to clear and sow the land, and care for and harvest the crops. Over the course of approximately three years of employment, Mr. Pun was largely paid only with vegetables and rice, ultimately receiving only $20,000 after he ended his employment with Defendants. In addition to Handley Farah & Anderson, Mr. Pun is represented in this action by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Williams & Connolly LLP.