Twenty-seven Mexican farmworkers have sued local sweet potato growers Ryan Alexander and Alexander Farms LLC, alleging they violated minimum wage laws and failed to adhere to their employment contracts.
The workers were brought to the United States from 2006 to 2008 by the H-2A guestworker program, which allows employers to hire foreign workers if they cannot find U.S. workers to meet their labor needs.
The lawsuit, filed Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Mississippi, is assigned to Chief Judge Michael P. Mills and Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander.
Representing the workers are Caitlin Berberich with Southern Migrant Legal Services in Nashville, Tenn., and Tupelo attorney Brent McBride.
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