Marijuana Workers Allege Virus Pay, Safety Gripes Led to Firing

Jan. 12, 2021, 6:19 PM

Three marijuana farm laborers in California allege they were fired because they complained about unpaid pre-shift temperature checks and inadequate social distancing, advocated for other female workers, and took time off for mental health reasons in a new federal lawsuit.

Rachel, Alejandra, and Andrea Montelongo were hired by Valley Harvest LLC to work at a marijuana farm in Salinas operated by Nug Farms, which is owned by Cannabis Strategic Ventures. They sued Valley Harvest and Nug Farms for violations of federal and state law, alleging they were terminated Aug. 13, 2020, in retaliation for engaging in protected activities.


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