An onion grower in Nevada has agreed to pay a record wage settlement and a penalty of a half million dollars. The grower, Peri & Sons, agreed to pay a record $2.3 million in back wages to 1,365 workers, along with a civil money penalty of $500,000, for violating federal labor law in a case brought by the government. The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that the, involved in irrigation, harvesting, packing and shipping onions sold in grocery stores nationwide, were not paid properly for work performed. All of the workers came to the U.S. from Mexico under the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program. In most cases, their earnings fell below the hourly wage required by the program.
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