Zaklit et. al. v. Global Linguist Solutions LLC, an action filed by three Arabic interpreters on behalf of the purported class of 120 translators engaged by Global Linguist Solutions (“GLS”) to work on a United States military base, is currently still pending in the U.S. District Court for the East District of Virginia.

Plaintiffs allege that they were forced to live in poor conditions without proper medical care and were falsely imprisoned by GLS when it prohibited them from leaving the U.S. base under threats of arrest and deportation. When GLS secured a new Army contract it asked the plaintiffs to sign new employment agreements which allegedly eliminated certain benefits.

According to the plaintiffs, GLS threatened to throw the translators off the US base if they refused to sign the new employment agreements. Because GLS failed to negotiate with the Kuwait company that was sponsoring the visas, the Kuwaiti company asked the local immigration authorities to cancel the plaintiffs work visas thus putting the plaintiffs at risk of arrest and deportation if they left the base.

On September 17, 2014, the Virginia federal judge dismissed plaintiff’s claims for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, promissory fraud, breach of contract and violations of the Kuwaiti labor code but allowed claims of false imprisonment and fraud by omission to proceed.