Nestor Urena left Ecuador 14 years ago and took a job at Rocco’s Bakery in New Haven. The bakery’s owner, Antonio DiBenedetto, an Italian immigrant, told Urena that if the rest of his family moved to Connecticut, they could work there as well.

On the surface, it sounds like an older immigrant having empathy for another band of newcomers. But that’s where the benevolence of DiBenedetto ended, at least according to a lawsuit recently filed in federal court.