Arkansas News – Settlement reached in guest worker lawsuit

A Lonoke County farmer has settled a lawsuit in which four migrant workers claimed mistreatment while participating in a guest worker program.

The attorney for the workers did not disclosed a dollar amount but said the settlement covered the workers’ work, travel and pain and suffering.

“We hope this settlement sends a message to the growers that if you are going to compete unfairly and use the guest worker program but not follow its rules there are consequences,” said Sarah Donaldson, an attorney with the Nashville, Tenn.-based Southern Migrant Legal Services, which filed the lawsuit in May in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

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