EEOC settles Hawaii suit with Del Monte for $1.2M

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. will pay $1.2 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit involving more than 100 Thai workers on a Hawaii farm.

Regional Attorney Anna Park of the EEOC's Los Angeles district said Monday that the settlement is part of a lawsuit against six farms and California-based labor contractor Global Horizons.

The farms and contractor are accused of subjecting farm workers to uninhabitable housing, insufficient food, low wages and deportation threats.

Park says settlements are being finalized with four other farms. A February trial has been set for a Maui farm and Global Horizons. Park says Florida-based Del Monte admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement.

A Del Monte representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment from The Associated Press.

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