South Carolina Man Awarded Over $200K After Being Taken Advantage Of By His Employer

May 4, 2021

South Carolina man was awarded over $200,000 after working at a diner for 30 years and being taken advantage of for 5 of those years.

The victim identified is John Christopher Smith was awarded the money after being taking advantage of due to his intellectual disabilities and was forced to work over hundred of hours a week without being paid from 2009 to 2014.
The owner of J&J Cafeteria Bobby Edwards who took over the establishment back in 2009 pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor it was sentenced 120 months in prison.
Reports said Bobby Edwards isolated the victim from his family and also use physical and verbal abuse to force the victim to work.
Bobby Edwards was ordered to pay $273,000 in restitution to the victim and the government also requested an additional $272,000 totaling up to $546,000 in restitution.
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