Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Mexican workers awarded $36,000

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered an Arkansas farm to pay 24 Mexican workers a total of $36,000 for violating federal employment laws and for breaching the terms of the workers’ contracts under the federal government’s H-2A guest-worker program.

Judge Harry F. Barnes of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in El Dorado also ordered Hermitagebased P&H Forestry LLC and its owners, Brent Harrod and John Harrod, to begin using an electronic payroll system that maintains all required records and generates detailed pay stubs.

They must provide the workers’ attorneys with copies of their 2009 and 2010 payroll records and sample pay stubs by Jan. 10 of each succeeding year. The $36,000 consists of $10,000 in unpaid wages and $26,000 in damages.

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