When necessary, Migrant Legal Aid will represent a whole class of migrant farmworkers. Below are examples of some of our class action cases.
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
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. However. in the case against Monsanto, workers were often not paid for all their extra work going back over the rows.
Migrant Legal Aid is representing those farmworkers who were unpaid for their extra work.
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.