'Texas Car Wars' Workers Blow Gasket We Were Treated Like Slaves

9/22/2014 10:15 AM PDT

'Texas Car Wars' Workers Blow A Gasket ... We Were Treated Like Slaves

Body shop workers are blowing the doors off the reality show "Texas Car Wars" ... accusing producers of treating them like slave laborers.

The show was a competition between body shops to find junkers to refurbish. It aired for a season on Discovery Channel.

Some body shop workers are now suing ... claiming deception. They say they never actually worked for the body shops ... the show's producers hired them  ... but refused to pay even the $7.25 minimum wage.

The workers want back pay plus penalties.