More Money for
Brave Clients Who Stood Up!
Since February 2016, LARA Wage and Hour has decided to no longer enforce minimum wage on certain small farms. But workers who dare to stand up for themselves are still able to ask the courts to enforce their minimum wage rights. Just this month, Migrant Legal Aid has successfully recovered thousands of dollars for a pair of farmworker clients who stood up for their rights, despite extreme fears of being blacklisted. MLA brought the claims directly, on behalf of the workers, in a lawsuit filed with the court. As a result, their Coopersville employer paid all of the workers' minimum wage damages, plus statutory damages under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. In addition, costs and attorney fees were recovered for the agency --a helpful deterrent from future violations. Some MLA clients returned to work for the employer.