After about seven months of legal wrangling, an Arkansas farm owner has settled a lawsuit filed by four Mexican migrant workers over alleged abuses suffered at his farm.
The guest-workers were employed at Odom Farms in Austin, Arkansas from 2006 to 2008. Represented by Southern Migrant Legal Services, a project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the workers alleged that Farmer Jack Odom brought them to the United States for work; forced them to live in a packing shed; failed to reimburse travel costs as required by law, and then confiscated their passports in order to keep them at the farm. Attorney Sarah Donaldson says these actions violated several laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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