Grower Fined for not Paying Workers as Ice Melted on Plants

December 28, 2016 02:57 AM

A Yuma, Ariz. farming business was fined $1,400 by the U.S. Department of Labor for not paying lettuce pickers during last winter's growing season as they waited for ice to melt off plants before harvesting them.

The Yuma Sun reports that Amigo Farms Inc. also had to give 32 workers $13,000 in back pay.

The company says the nonpayment was an unfortunate error that was discovered during an inspection by the Department of Labor and that the workers affected were paid last April.

It says it never planned to avoid paying wait-time hours and has taken steps to avoid similar errors in the future.

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