Grapes of Wrath Revisited- Brownsville, TX Migrant Workers Settle with Pioneer Hi-Bred Out of CourtSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Grapes of Wrath Revisited- Brownsville, TX Migrant Workers Settle with Pioneer Hi-Bred Out of Court

21 December 2007 at 1:27:59 PM

Grapes of Wrath is one of those books (and excellent movies, too) that you can't get out of your head once you see it. And I tend to think of migrant farmers being taken advantage of and snookered out of wages, etc as being something that happened long ago... Not so.

A group of 27 migrant farm workers from the Brownsville, Texas area, who ventured to Indiana to detassle corn for a Greene County-based company in the summer of 2005 won an $81,000 out-of-court settlement of a federal lawsuit earlier this month.
They alleged the man who hired them to work for the seed corn operation that is owned by DuPont -- a Fortune 500 company -- took advantage of them. 

The Hispanic work crew, recruited by Francisco Coronado to work for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. seed corn facility near Worthington, filed a federal lawsuit in June 2006 claiming they had been bilked of wages and other rights when they were recruited to work in the southern Indiana area.


"Employers of migrant workers have a legal obligation to disclose complete and accurate information about the job they are offering at the time of recruitment," Smith stated. "Such information is essential to workers who face the difficult decision of whether or not to leave home and commence an arduous and often expensive journey across the country. 

"These farmworkers, lured by promises of lucrative employment, traveled miles away from home to work for the defendants. The defendants, in turn, simply did not live up to their end of the bargain -- they failed to provide the workers with the bare minimum of a viable wage and decent housing."

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