Mis­souri farm­work­ers kept in in­hu­mane con­di­tions

The Western Star - - BUSINESS -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Florida com­pany kept more than 100 tem­po­rary farm­work­ers in “in­hu­mane” and “un­san­i­tary” work­ing con­di­tions while not pay­ing them what they were due as they har­vested wa­ter­mel­ons in south­east Mis­souri, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral labour of­fi­cials.

The U.S. La­bor De­part­ment is­sued a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion against Marin J Corp. of Avon Park, Florida, af­ter wit­ness­ing con­di­tions for 107 work­ers hired un­der the fed­eral H-2A pro­gram, which al­lows for­eign work­ers into the U.S. for tem­po­rary agri­cul­ture work, The Kansas City Star re­ported . The com­pany, owned by Jorge Marin, was re­spon­si­ble for hous­ing, feed­ing and car­ing for the work­ers in Ken­nett, Mis­souri, about 75 miles (120 kilo­me­tres) north of Mem­phis, Ten­nessee. The work­ers be­gan in June and were to be paid $13.42 an hour, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in U.S. District Court for the East­ern District of Mis­souri.

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