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Castellanos-Contreras v. Decatur Hotels LLC, 07-30942

In an action by guest workers claiming that defendant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to reimburse plaintiffs for recruitment, transportation, and visa expenses they incurred before relocating to the U.S., denial of Defendant's motion for summary judgment is reversed where the FLSA does not require an employer to reimburse any of these expenses.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/21/2009
  • Published 07/21/2009


  • E. GRADY JOLLY, Circuit Judge:, Before JONES, Chief Judge, and JOLLY and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Ann Margaret Pointer (argued), John Eugene Thompson, Fisher & Phillips, Atlanta, GA, Keith M. Pyburn, Jr., Timothy Hugh Scott, Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans, LA, for Amici Curiae: Amelia Island Plantation, American Hotel & Lodging Ass'n, Basin Harbor Club, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Ctr., The Broadmoor, Best Western Grand CanyonSquire Inn, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Ass'n, Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Ass'n, Homestead Resort, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Mandoki Hospitality Group, Maryland Nursery & Landscape Ass'n, Mid-Atlantic Solutions, Inc., Nat. Council of Agricultural Employers, Ocean Reef Club, The Sagamore, Stein Erickson Lodge and Virginia Agricultural Employers Ass'n., Catherine K. Ruckelshaus, Nat. Employment Law Project, New York City, for Interfaith Worker Justice, New Orleans, Workers' Ctr. for Racial Justice and Nat. Employment Law Project, Amici Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jennifer Jean Rosenbaum (argued), New Orleans Workers' Ctr. for Racial Justice, Tracie L. Washington, Louisiana Justice Institute, New Orleans, LA, Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Ctr., Immigrant Justice Project, Atlanta, GA, for Plaintiffs-Appellees., Leslie Weill Ehret, Ellen Shirer Kovach (argued), Suzanne Marie Risey, Frilot, LLC, New Orleans, LA, for Defendants-Appellants.