Former employees at a West Virginia manufacturing company known as Wack Pack are speaking out about the years-long, violent harassment they experienced by an out-of-control group of men who would repeatedly rape and threaten their colleagues.
In 2015, Wack Packing employees, who were working in the same plant, were fired for refusing to work overtime.
The company was then sued for violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying them overtime.
Wack Packs’ former CEO, Matt Smith, was later convicted on charges of child pornography and conspiracy.
The federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled in Smith’s favor and ordered the company to pay $3.8 million to the women and their families.
The court found that the company’s actions were retaliation against the women’s union, and ordered Smith to pay them $500 per month.
Wacks former vice president, Laura Soto, was also terminated from her job after her supervisor threatened her with a gun.
She has since gone on to work at a nonprofit called the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center in Cincinnati.
Soto, who has spoken about her experiences on a variety of media outlets, told The Daily Beast that Wack was an out of control environment.
Wack’s employees “were very aggressive toward us,” Soto said.
“We were being called names like faggot, faggots, fagot, and they were going to beat up on us.
They were being violent towards our staff.””
We were basically being yelled at, we were being threatened, and we were just told we were going home if we didn’t comply with their demands,” Sotos said.
Sotos, who was fired after refusing to quit, went on to run a successful business selling handmade products to businesses in the area.
She told The Beast that she would not go back to work with Wack if she was forced to.
Wacking is one of dozens of companies that have been shut down under federal civil rights legislation that was signed into law by President Donald Trump in January.
The law aims to protect the civil rights of workers who are fired for violating workplace safety laws.
The law, which is now being enforced by the Department of Labor, prohibits companies from firing workers for any reason other than the company being forced to pay for their legal defense, unless they are charged with a crime.
Under the law, employers cannot fire employees for any offense other than violating workplace rules.
However, a slew of lawsuits filed against Wack paint a different picture of the company.
In October 2016, a federal judge in Richmond, Virginia, ruled in favor of two Wack employees who sued the company, finding that it violated the FLSA by not properly compensating them for the sexual assault they experienced.
The judge found that Wacking violated the law by “inappropriately terminating” the employees.
In an interview with The Daily Signal, former employee Jody B. Kowalski said that she and her colleagues were ordered to wear masks in the workplace to protect themselves from Wack members who would frequently attack them with batons.
They would also have to wear a T-shirt saying “WE ARE MADE IN THE USA” on the front.
The former employee told The Guardian that one of the first things Wack fired her was because she refused to comply with his demands.
“It was really rough,” she said.
The women’s lawsuit, which was later dismissed by the federal court, said Wack had retaliated against them for not complying with his orders to keep working overtime.
In one case, Kowalks was fired for making a video recording of her boss, which he then used to intimidate her.
The women were told that if they wanted to keep their jobs, they had to take down their video, according to the lawsuit.
In an interview, former Wack employee Emily Pemberton told The Washington Post that she was “very, very, very afraid” to work in the factory because of the threats.
“They would say, ‘We’ll kill you, you’re going to die.’
They would say ‘I’ll kill your husband, I’ll kill the children, I’m going to kill your children,’ and they would say things like, ‘If you don’t come to work, you won’t have anything to eat,'” Pembertons told The Post.
She also told The Hill that she has “never experienced any sort of sexual harassment.”
In addition to the sexual harassment allegations, Pemberons claims that Wacker used a code of silence to keep her and other female employees quiet about what was going on at the company and how the company was treating its female employees.
“I’m still not sure if I would have gone to work or not, if I’d have had a family, if we would have been able to support ourselves,” Pembers said.
Wacker also allegedly retaliated for its employees’ political views,