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Jasiel Rodriguez Surety Bond

If you worked for the farm labor contractor Jasiel Rodriguez-Nunez or Aricel Lopez-Morales in or near Fremont, North Carolina in 2016, the Department of Labor may have money for unpaid wages collected as part of an investigation to distribute to you.  The US Department of Labor assessed Rodriguez-Nunez $187,332 in civil money penalties for the […]

Yes, there is work available in the fiel...

There is a large number of jobs available in the fields throughout the state of North Carolina. Nearly 10,000 of these agricultural positions are available with the same employers who have applied to the government for permission to hire temporary agricultural guest workers, also known as H-2A farm workers. If you are authorized to work […]

Farmworker Unit secures $75,000 settleme...

A group of 13 migrant farmworkers represented by Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Farmworker Unit has obtained justice – and $75,000 – in a labor trafficking case involving the federal H-2A visa program. The case, Eliseo Alonso-Miranda, et al. v. Cirila Garcia-Pineda, et al., was settled in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of […]

The Farmworker Unit files lawsuit in fed...

The Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina recently filed a lawsuit, Valerio-Naranjo et al. v. Shady Ridge Corp. et al., in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina on behalf of eight (8) H-2A farmworkers against defendants Shady Ridge Corp., Jeffrey C. Lee Farms, Inc., Hobbs & Peterson Farms, Inc., and […]

NC individuals and entities added to U.S...

The following NC individuals and entities have recently been added to U.S. Department of Labor’s list of Ineligible Farm Labor Contractors. They may not engage in ANY activities as a farm labor contractor or farm labor contracting employee, regardless of whether it’s in the H-2A program or not. Alejandro Torres Barrientos (Garland) Lucia Y. Covarrubias […]

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Prelimi...

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has successfully obtained a preliminary injunction from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to enjoin defendant Marin J. Corp. from violating its obligations concerning its employment of H-2A temporary agriculture workers under the H-2A visa program. This is the second time in the […]

Attention! The following employers were ...

The following labor contractors and farmers from North Carolina will not be allowed to participate in the H-2A program, after investigators from the Department of Labor concluded investigations of labor violations reported by the workers. The following are summaries provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. If you know any workers seeking more information about […]

FWU Settles Against Aguilera Harvesting

FWU Settles Against Aguilera Harvesting

Legal Aid of NC’s Farmworker Unit recently procured a settlement on behalf of two (2) H-2A farmworkers and former employees of H-2A labor contractor Carlos Aguilera and Aguilera Harvesting, Corp. The workers alleged that Aguilera and Aguilera Harvesting violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and North Carolina contract […]

The right to receive visitors

In North Carolina, most migrant farm workers reside in housing provided by their employer. Regardless of what the employer says, these workers usually have the right to receive visitors in their home, under certain conditions, without having to ask the employer for permission. This is true, even when workers do not pay rent. Workers have […]

H-2A workers recruitment: a system ripe ...

The H-2A visa program has grown exponentially in the last few years, as agricultural operations are increasingly opting to hire temporary foreign guestworkers to come to the United States and work tending and picking their crops, as opposed to local workers or other workers already in the U.S. migrant stream. The chance to temporarily work […]