The Seattle Times reports that a lawsuit against a major blueberry grower and recruiting company alleges that some 600 Mexican workers brought to a Whatcom County farm were subject to threats and intimidation that violated human tafficking. The case involves workers brought to the U.S. through the H-2A program.
The grower denied the allegations in the lawsuit that was filed Thursday.
From The Times article:
The lawsuit comes in the aftermath of a tense summer harvest at the farm near Sumasduring which one man became and ill and died, and dozens of workers then launched a one-day protest of harsh conditions that ended with their termination and eviction from the farm.