Missouri farmworkers kept in inhumane conditions
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.