According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Colorado farm owner, Eric Jensen, will have to face civil penalties of $4,250 after he provided substandard housing to migrant workers. Notably, Jensen Farms is owned by brothers, Eric and Ryan Jensen. The farm produced and shipped a type of cantaloupe last year that was contaminated with Listeria. Migrant workers were charged $25 per week to stay at the Gateway Motel which Jenson also owned. The migrants paid for a space in an overcrowded room without beds, without laundry facilities, and without smoke detectors, and a lack of access to windows which could not be opened. Jensen claimed he did not know that the Gateway Motel was renting to migrant workers but this will not be able to exonerate him from the civil penalties he will have to pay.

There are laws to protect migrant worker works such as those described in the article above. The Migrant Worker Protection Act requires farm worker contractors to register with the Department of Labor. The act also holds that most agricultural employers, agricultural associations and labor contractors are subject to the law’s standards. These standards cover wages, housing, transportation, disclosures and record-keeping. In addition, any person or company that owns or controls a property, such as the motel discussed above, which is used to house migrant workers must follow safety and health standards set forth by the government. See also: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/01/civil-fine-imposed-on-eric-jensen-over-shoddy-migrant-housing/

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