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Mercer Canyons to pay $1.2 million settlement


March 15, 2017

Mercer Canyons, an Alderdale fruit and vegetable farm, has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by domestic workers. The initial case, filed in 2014 by two former employees, accused the farm of misleading them about the availability of higher paying jobs as required by federal and state law.

According to Columbia Legal Services Attorney Lori Isley, who represented the workers, the case was an instance of “a sophisticated employer taking advantage of hard-working farm worker families who have contributed to the company and our community."

In 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Bastian granted class action status to the suit, which involved over 600 farmworkers. ...

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