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Former Maine Egg Farm Worker Files Lawsuit

From, Ken Christian, 27 Apr 2012. AUBURN, Maine (AP) – A former employee at the former DeCoster Egg Farms in Turner, Maine, has filed a lawsuit claiming he wasn’t paid overtime wages while he worked there. In his complaint in Androscoggin County Superior Court, Leo Sierra Flores of Lewiston claims he regularly worked more … Continue reading

Suit Claims Hastings Ranch Exploited Drug-Addicted Workers

From, Jessika Lewis, 27 April 2012. HASTINGS, Fla. — A First Coast potato grower is in hot water, accused of labor trafficking. Florida Legal Services and Farmworker Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Bulls-Hit Ranch and Farm on behalf of two farm workers who said they worked at the Hastings ranch from 2009-2010. The … Continue reading

Farming Operation Accused of Cheating Workers

From, Desert Sun Wire Services, 2 Apr 2012. RIVERSIDE — A commercial farming operation and four of its contractors face accusations of cheating Coachella Valley-area migrant workers of pay and failing to provide them with basic living amenities. Calandri SonRise Farms, headquartered in Lancaster, is being sued in federal court for alleged violations of … Continue reading

Summer Legal Internship – Farmworker Rights Division – Georgia Legal Services Program

From, Harvard Immigration Project, 16 Feb 2012. The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of migrant farmworkers. The Farmworker Rights Division provides free legal representation and community outreach and education to the workers who hand-harvest Georgia crops. Typical cases involve growers failing to pay … Continue reading

Opinion: Illegal Immigration: More at Stake than You Think

From, Tampa Bay Online, “Illegal immigration: More at stake than you think” 22 Jan 2012. Ask most Americans about “illegal immigration” and they are likely to conjure an image of someone of Hispanic origin swimming across the Rio Grande or evading border patrolmen in the desert. The reality is that just who is “illegal,” … Continue reading

CA Accused of Improper OK to Strawberry Pesticide

From, Associated Press, 13 Jan 2012. FRESNO, Calif.—Environmental groups say state regulators ignored science and broke public health laws when they approved a controversial pesticide for strawberry fields. Lawyers for a coalition of pesticide reform and farmworker groups argued Thursday that officials favored the input of the chemical’s manufacturer, Arysta LifeScience, over scientists’ recommendations. … Continue reading

Cal-OSHA Cites, Fines Company for Farmworker Death

From, The Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, 11 Jan 2012. OAKLAND, Calif. — California workplace regulators have fined a labor contracting company $74,125 in the death of a farmworker last summer. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, said Wednesday that it issued the citation and penalty to Holtville-based C. Clunn Consulting after the death … Continue reading

Homestead Farm Workers Discuss their Evictions with Lawyers

From, Christina Veiga, CVEIGA@MIAMIHERALD.COM, 6 Jan 2012. After tense meetings Thursday, pro-bono attorneys are researching whether Homestead Housing Authority tenants may have been improperly evicted. Pro-bono attorneys are evaluating whether to take on cases from tenants evicted, or soon-to-be evicted, from Homestead Housing Authority apartments for farm workers. Representatives from Florida Legal Services and … Continue reading

Arkansas Foreign Guest Worker Firm Agrees to $1.5M Settlement of Suit over Inadequate Pay

From, Chuck Bartels, 5 Jan 2012. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge in Arkansas is on the verge of giving final approval to a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that would pay about 1,500 migrant workers a total of $1.5 million to make up for unpaid wages and expenses. The lawsuit was brought … Continue reading

Farmworkers Win Unfair Labor Practices Settlement

From, 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 … Continue reading

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