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3 Jun 2014

Author:
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

4 Hawaii farms settle Thai workers suit for $2.4M [USA]

Four Hawaii farms are settling a discrimination lawsuit for a total of $2.4 million over allegations that they exploited hundreds of Thai workers…The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit in 2011 against California-based labor contractor Global Horizons and six Hawaii farms, with allegations including subjecting workers to discrimination, uninhabitable housing, insufficient food, inadequate wages and deportation threats…Mac Farms of Hawaii...Kelena Farms...Captain Cook Coffee...and Kauai Coffee…Del Monte Fresh Produce [have settled]...Global Horizons and Maui Pineapple Co., the last farm that hasn’t settled, are scheduled to go to trial in November…[Now-defunct] Global Horizons…said...“It’s a baseless case.”…

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