From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, 29 Nov 2011.
FRESNO, Calif. — A central California almond and grape grower will pay nearly $1 million in a settlement with farmworkers for unfair labor practices.
The settlement announced Tuesday requires H&R Gunlund Ranches, Inc. of Caruthers, Calif. to pay $915,000 to 82 migratory farmworkers and their attorneys.
The settlement is the result of a lawsuit filed in 2009 by California Rural Legal Assistance, which represents the workers.
The lawsuit accused the grower of violating state and federal law, including failing to pay minimum wage and overtime, violations of state rest-and-meal requirements and not providing the necessary tools for pruning and tying grapevines.
CRLA said the workers filed suit after they were fired for complaining that their per-piece rate pay had dropped dramatically. Some were being paid less than $3 per hour.