4 Hawaii farms settle Thai workers suit for $2.4M
HONOLULU (AP) — Four Hawaii farms are settling a discrimination lawsuit involving hundreds of Thai workers for $2.4 million.
Six farms and a California-based contractor are accused of subjecting workers to uninhabitable housing, insufficient food, low wages and deportation threats.
According to settlement agreements made public Tuesday, Mac Farms of Hawaii will pay $1.6 million, Kelena Farms will pay $275,000, Captain Cook Coffee Company will pay $100,000 and Kauai Coffee Company will pay $425,000.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity commission is announcing the settlements Tuesday morning in Honolulu.
The lawsuit is also against California-based labor contractor Global Horizons, which a judge recently found liable for discrimination and abuse.
Del Monte Fresh Produce settled for $1.2 million. A February trial date had been set for Global Horizons and Maui Pineapple Co.