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American Farm Workers Sue Vidalia Onion Growers for not Paying Minimum Wage


Americans claim the grower paid less than minimum wage, transported them in vehicles without seast, and paid the Americans less than foreign guestworkers on H-2A visas.

LYONS, GA:  On Friday, April 12, four American farmworkers together with 16 former co-workers sued Stanley Farms, LLC and its managers.  The Stanleys cultivate about 1,200 acres of Vidalia onions, or one in ten of all Vidalia onions grown, and hire more than two hundred seasonal farm workers. Our clients allege that in each of the last three years the Stanleys ran an operation which paid less than minimum wage, caused illegal wage deductions and transportation in unsafe vehicles.  The complaint also alleges that the Americans worked alongside foreign H-2A workers who were offered higher wages. At the start of this year’s Vidalia onion season, the suit is a reminder of the labor and workplace abuses prevalent in the Vidalia onion industry. Stanley Farms is an integrated grower, packer, processor and shipper of Vidalia onions and has been featured on the Food Network. 


Georgia Farmworkers in the News

Two recent Farmworker Rights Division cases were featured in the New York Times and NPR's The Takeaway on Tuesday, May 6. These cases have attracted attention because they challenge agricultural industry claims that there are no Americans left in agriculture and that legal protections for U.S. workers can be eliminated. 

Click here to read the New York Times story.

Click here to listen to the NPR report from The Takeaway.


Hamilton Growers to Pay $500,000 to Settle EEOC Race/National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Farm Fired or Disadvantaged U.S. Workers, Especially Blacks, Federal Agency Charged

ATLANTA – Hamilton Growers, Inc., doing business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc., an agricultural farm in Norman Park, Ga., has agreed to pay $500,000 to a class of American seasonal workers – many of them African-American – who, the EEOC alleged, were subjected to discrimination based on their national origin and/or race, the agency announced today.  The agreement resolves a lawsuit filed by the EEOC in September 2011.


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