USA: Court of Appeal says lawsuit against Green Acre Farms & Valley Fruit Orchards over alleged discrimination of Thai workers can go ahead

Author: Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, Published on: 8 February 2019

"9th Circuit revives EEOC claims that Thai farm workers were mistreated", 7 Feb 2019

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday revived the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims that two Washington state orchards are liable for alleged discrimination against Thai guest workers who picked fruit on their farms even though they were employed by a staffing agency.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that because Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards controlled the guest workers’ working conditions, they were their “joint employers” and could be held liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...

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