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Farm Contractor’s $1.85 Million Labor Class Settlement Approved

May 4, 2021, 3:17 PM

Mesa Packing LLC’s $1.85 million settlement of a wage and hour class action brought on behalf of migrant and seasonal agricultural field workers was preliminarily approved by a federal court in California but the judge wants more information about proposed incentive awards for the named plaintiffs.

William Miguel-Sanchez, Luis Antonio Meza-Estrada, and Sergio Jimenez-Cruz accuse Mesa of violating California law and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act. They say workers weren’t paid for time spent on pre-shift tasks like the distribution of tools, had to pay for their own headlamps for pre-dawn work, and weren’t provided requisite meal ...

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