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Farm Workers Sue Produce Grower for not For Minimum Wage Violations


Erendida Franco-Hernandez and four other workers filed suit against Hamilton Growers/Southern Valley for minimum wage violations. The farm is located in the Moultrie region and contracts more than 300 Mexican workers every year. The lawsuit covers work done in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and requires that the farm pay workers their promised wages and the required reimbursement for travel and immigration expenses, like their H-2A visas. Eight workers have joined the suit and others that worked for the farm previously can also join by filing a Consent to Sue. Contacting us is free and confidential -- 1-800-537-7496 (from the U.S.) and 001-800-537-7496 (from Mexico). We can also be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or through private message on our Facebook site ( 

Erendida Franco-Hernandez, y cuatro otros trabajadores archivaron una demanda por no haber pagado el sueldo mínimo en contra del rancho Hamilton, también conocido por Southern Valley. El rancho está ubicado en la zona de Moultrie, Georgia y contrata más de 300 trabajadores mexicanos por año. La demanda cubre trabajo en los años 2011, 2012 y 2013. La demanda exige que el rancho les page a l@s trabajadores de campo su sueldo prometido y también reembolsos por gastos de viaje y gastos de inmigración, como sus visas H-2A. Ocho trabajadores acaban de juntar a la demanda y otros que han trabajado por el rancho anteriormente podrían juntarse, llenando una solicitud para entrar. Nos puede contactar de manera gratuita y confidencial. Llámenos desde los EE.UU. al 1-800-537-7496 o desde México al 001-800-537-7496. También nos puede mandar un mensaje al correo electrónico: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it o un mensaje privado por nuestro sitio en Facebook ( 


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. 


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.


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.


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