Huntsville Cinram workers get housing settlement

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Some Jamaicans who package and label DVDs at a plant in Huntsville are receiving financial settlements after a federal housing probe of substandard living conditions and high rents.

But some said the settlement was not sufficient and that many of the foreign workers were too frightened to file a complaint.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development received written complaints from 21 foreign workers out of more than 1,140 brought to Huntsville to work at Cinram's DVD plant over the last year.

One of the workers, Omar Christie, told The Huntsville Times he's getting about $1,300, but he thinks it should be more.

Ambassador, a temporary agency, paid the individual settlements that resulted from a HUD investigation of housing arranged for the workers.

HUD spokeswoman Shantae Goodloe said Wednesday some cases are still being negotiated.

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