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4 Sep 2014

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Pacific Business News (USA)

Federal judge OKs $2.4M settlement between Hawaii farms and Thai workers

A federal judge in Honolulu on Thursday approved settlements totaling $2.4 million between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and four Hawaii farms in a discrimination lawsuit that alleged the farms exploited some 500 Thai farm workers...Mac Farms of Hawaii LLC, now known as MF Nut Co. LLC, will pay $1.6 million; Kauai Coffee Co. Inc., now known as McBryde Resources Inc., will pay $425,000; Kelena Farms Inc. will pay $275,000; and Captain Cook Coffee Co. Ltd. will pay $100,000 directly to the victims...In addition, Kelena Farms...offered workers full-time jobs with benefits, and Captain Cook Coffee offered workers seasonal jobs with benefits, transportation and housing, according to the EEOC, which will monitor the terms of the job offers...Global Horizons and Maui Pineapple Co. remain the only defendants in the case...

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