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Farmer pays workers back wages

June 18, 2014
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The government said a farmer has agreed to pay back wages to three dozen workers who picked cucumbers.

The agreement for $11,250 in wages follows a March ruling by Grand Rapids federal Judge Gordon Quist. He says the farm workers were employees, not contractors, and were covered by federal wage law.

The U.S. Labor Department sued Darryl Howes and his farm in Copemish in Manistee County in northern Michigan.

Howes was accused of violating laws during the cucumber harvest three years ago. The farm grows cucumbers that are turned into pickles.

The government said migrant workers received less than the minimum wage and were given poor housing.

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