USA: Farm labour contractors ordered to pay USD102,000 & change workplace policy following allegations of trafficking & wage theft
企业José M. Gracia Harvesting - Labour Supplier , José M. Gracia - Labour Supplier , Gracia & Sons - Labour Supplier
受影响的总人数: 3外劳和移民工人: ( 数字未知 - 墨西哥 , 农业和畜牧 )
议题Withholding Passports , Wage Theft , Fair & Equal Wages , 招聘费 , Reasonable Working Hours & Leisure Time , 恐吓和威胁 , 食物权 , 性骚扰 , 殴打和暴力
Response sought: 否
Action taken: The defendants in the lawsuit were ordered to make changes to the way they employed workers and their working conditions. The companies were ordered to pay USD102,500 to the plaintiffs plus legal fees.
Source type: News outlet
“North Carolina Farmworkers Settle in Human Trafficking, Wage Theft Suit”
Three North Carolina farmworkers have reached a settlement worth more than $100,000 in a suit against their former employers that included disturbing allegations of human trafficking and wage theft carried out against migrant workers.
The defendants in this case — farm labor contractors José M. Gracia Harvesting, Inc.; José M. Gracia; and Gracia & Sons, LLC, identified together in court documents as the Gracia defendants — are now required to pay the plaintiffs $102,500 plus attorneys’ fees and costs…
The plaintiffs, all women who were employed through the federal H-2A visa program, allege that, during their employment with the Gracia defendants, they were paid for only a fraction of the long hours they worked cooking meals for farmworkers while being subjected to poor and abusive working conditions.
The plaintiffs allege agents of the Gracia defendants recruited them from Mexico to work for defendants in North Carolina as farmworkers, according to Monday’s release. The plaintiffs said they incurred significant debts for their visas and travel and, upon arrival in North Carolina, learned they were required to work in the defendants’ kitchens preparing and selling food while the male H-2A workers earned higher wages working in the field…