Farms pay $325K to settle guest worker mistreatment claims

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two farms in Washington state have agreed to pay $325,000 to settle accusations that they mistreated foreign guest workers. The Capital Press reports Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards of Yakima County have reached an agreement to end years of litigation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over alleged discrimination against Thai workers hired through the H-2A program. While a federal judge threw out the employment commission’s lawsuit twice previously, the agency has “remained committed to appealing and carrying this on,” according to farms attorney Beth Joffe. The federal agency will seek to distribute the $325,000 to 105 former Thailand guest workers.