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Hendrix Produce, Inc. To Pay Over $100,000 to Settle Lawsuit Brought by Farmworkers

October 14, 2014

One of the biggest Vidalia onion farms in Georgia agreed to pay more than $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by farmworkers. The settlement was the subject of an article published in Atlanta’s biggest newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read the article in the AJC here.

In the lawsuit, 30 workers alleged that Hendrix Produce, Inc. and farm labor contractor Yesenia Merino paid them well below the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour from 2009 to 2012. Last week, a federal judge approved the settlement. As part of the settlement, the workers will receive more than $60,000 in back wages and job-related reimbursements. One of the workers, Antonio Hernandez-Hernandez, said: “We fought for our rights, and I am glad that justice was done.”



GLSP Attorney Weighs in on Vidalia Onion Shipping Date Dispute

April 22, 2014

In a letter to the editor in the AJC, Georgia Legal Services Senior Staff Attorney Dawson Morton weighs in on the recent headlines made by the dispute over Vidalia Onion shipment dates. Read the AJC article below.

There’s human side to Vidalia onion spat

There has been much recent press coverage of Delbert Bland and his early Vidalia onions (“Ga. judge won’t stop rule on Vidalia onions,” News, April 16), but there are far more pressing issues than whether or not Vidalia onions ship early. While the Agriculture Commissioner and Mr. Bland fight about shipping dates, the real concern should be not whether the onions are sweet enough to ship, but rather, whether they have been soured by poor labor conditions.


Georgia Farmworkers' Settlement with Stanley Farms Hits the Press

June 26, 2014

On June 23, a Southern District of Georgia Federal Court judge approved the consent order drawn up between farmworker Plaintiffs and Defendant Stanley Farms. In addition to the $92,500 the Farm agreed to pay in backwages to workers and litigation fees, there are provisions for important non-monetary changes that we hope to see have a broader effect for workers.

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