On September 27, 2018, Cohen Milstein, on behalf of Simret Semere Tekle, filed a second amended complaint against her employers and members of the Saudi royal family, Nouf bint Nayef Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Saud, for trafficking her across international borders and forced labor in the United States.  The case is currently in discovery.  

Case Background

Plaintiff Simret Semere Tekle, a citizen of Eritrea, brings this action for damages resulting from human trafficking and forced labor in the United States, as well as for breach of contract. Plaintiff alleges that the Defendants, members of the Saudi royal family, recruited her to work as a nanny in the United States. But instead of the salary and reasonable working hours that Defendants promised Ms. Tekle, and which federal law required to be guaranteed in her contract, Plaintiff claims that she found she was paid a fraction of what she was promised, was on call at all hours, and alleges she was held in forced labor as a domestic servant.

Plaintiff is seeking the agreed-upon pay for her labor, as well as damages.

Case name: Simret Semere Tekle v. Nouf Bint Nayef Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Saud, Case No. 1:18-cv-00211-TSE-JFA, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia