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Si fue contratado por el contratista Benito Vazquez o B&F Detasseling para realizar trabajos de desparasitación, enrutamiento o trabajo relacionado en las instalaciones de la compañía Monsanto en Illinois durante los años 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 o 2015, es possible que usted sea parte de una acción de clase. Comuníquese con Migrant Legal Aid al (616) 454-5055 o visite migrantlegalaid.org/classaction para obtener información sobre cómo presentar un reclamo.
If you were contracted by the contractor Benito Vazquez or B&F Detasseling to do corn detasseling, rogueing, or related work at Monsanto company facilities in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015, it is possible that you are part of a class action. Contact Migrant Legal Aid at (616) 454-5055 or visit migrantlegalaid.org/classaction to obtain information about how to present a claim.
Migrant Legal Aid has been advocating for farmworkers in an ongoing case against Monsanto. These workers are detasseling corn in order to create hybrid corn, but the process of doing so is incredibly rigorous for the workers. Throughout the several hot weeks of work in July, the farmworkers wear face protection, long sleeves and pants to avoid being cut by corn leaves.
Occasionally, an overseer deems someone’s work unsatisfactory, and they are sent back to the row to continue working. This additional work would entitle the worker to more pay.
Blue Star Farms
Workers alleged that Blue Star Farms didn’t pay the minimum wage and failed to keep and maintain accurate records. While Blue Star denied these allegations, Migrant Legal Aid was able to settle the case after almost two years of litigation. As a result, the dispute settled for $200,000, on behalf of a class of 330 migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The Judge noted that Migrant Legal Aid went “above and beyond” in their attempts to find class members, including visiting every known address in Michigan, and asking other advocates to do the same in Florida and Texas. herehere
Kent County Farm Labor Contractor
According to court filings, a Kent County farm labor contractor promised to pay workers $12.75/hr for an anticipated 36-hour work week under a contract through the H-2A program. In reality, laborers worked more than 36 hours per week and were not paid as promised in the contract. This lawsuit is on-going, and we encourage anyone with a similar experience to contact Migrant Legal Aid.