- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

WIMAUMA, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor says it assessed civil penalties of more than $1.4 million dollars against a Florida vegetable supplier after a two-year federal investigation.

According to a news release sent Thursday, Department of Labor investigators found that Red Diamond Farms violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and H-2A temporary agricultural program.

Investigators say the farm provided preferential treatment to H-2A guest workers over corresponding domestic workers when it paid the guest workers higher rates. It also failed to disclose the conditions of employment to the domestic workers when they were not provided a contract, as the law requires, and failed to keep accurate and complete payroll records.

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