Beverly Hills Bakery Blues: Rich Immigrants Exploit Their Poor Immigrant Workers

CAPS — Few United States cities are more sympathetic to illegal immigration than Beverly Hills. Many wealthy residents have incomes high enough to hire the nannies, gardeners and housekeepers they consider essential to their lifestyles, but who are nonetheless unlawful U.S. residents.

For the most part, personal staff of the rich and famous are paid fairly and treated well. But last year, one prominent Beverly Hills business and a favorite haunt of the stars, L’Amande French Bakery, was found exploiting the Filipino employees it lured to the U.S. with the promise of riches. The irony in this tale is that immigrants took advantage of their fellow immigrants.

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