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Article

27 Apr 2016

Author:
Wendy Culverwell, Tri-City Herald (USA)

Farm labour contractor ordered to pay millions for mistreating Thai guest workers in Yakima Valley

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A Beverly Hills farm labour contractor that brought Thai citizens to the U.S. to work in Yakima Valley orchards is liable for nearly $7.7 million for violating their civil rights...Tuesday, U. S. District Judge Edward Shea entered a default judgment against Global Horizons and its co-defendants providing between $40,000 and $210,000 to 67 Thai workers who suffered discrimination, harassment, threats of financial ruin, arrest and other mistreatment while working on Global Horizon’s farm contracts. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Global Horizons and the orchards it worked for in 2011 under the federal Civil Rights Act on the Thai workers' behalf...The EEOC had no comment on the ruling. An attorney for the co-defendants was not available to comment...Shea wrote that the company acted without regard for the health and safety of the workers and said they were targeted for their ethnicity and financial vulnerability....

 

 

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US judge orders labour contractor Global Horizons to pay $7.7 mill for poor treatment of Thai migrant farm workers

Global Horizons lawsuit (re forced labour, civil proceedings)