Court Orders Blueberry Grower Munger Bros. to Pay $2.5 Million in Back Wages
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
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California blueberry grower Munger Bros. LLC, Crowne Cold Storage LLC, and Sarbanand Farms LLC must pay $2.5 million in back wages to approximately 3,000 workers. The companies will also pay $1 million in civil money penalties.
The U.S. Department of Labor investigated violations of the H-2A visa program and the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA) during the 2017 blueberry harvest season in California and Washington. This judgment is the result of that investigation.
The companies cannot take part in the H-2A program or use H-2A labor contractors for three years.
Workers who may be owed back wages by any of the three companies can use a search tool at the U.S. Department of Labor.