UTICA, N.Y. – Dari Del Inc. must pay a farm worker $30,000 to settle a lawsuit over pay and housing, according to the Worker Justice Center of New York.
George Hatfield II took legal action against the company after he says he worked 85 hours per week and was paid less than $3 per hour, which violates the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law.
“We’re thrilled that Dari Del will have to pay Mr. Hatfield what he is owed for his hard work,” said John Marsella, senior staff attorney with the Worker Justice Center of New York. “It’s outrageous that any company would withhold lawful pay from an employee.”
The lawsuit also claimed that Dari Del provided hazardous housing to Hatfield, his wife and their young children. The housing was found to be in violation of the New York Real Property Law.