EEOC to announce settlements with four Hawaii farms

Court records showed settlements were being finalized with four farms and a trial date had been set for one farm.

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is announcing settlements in a discrimination lawsuit involving hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.

The EEOC is expected to announce settlements with four farms at a news conference Tuesday in Honolulu.

The agency last year said Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. will pay $1.2 million to settle the suit. Court records showed settlements were being finalized with four other farms and a trial date had been set for one farm.

The lawsuit is also against California-based labor contractor Global Horizons, which a judge recently found liable for the discrimination and abuse of the workers.

The six farms and contractor are accused of subjecting workers to uninhabitable housing, insufficient food, low wages and deportation threats.

Florida-based Del Monte admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement.



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