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Farm settles suit with migrant workers
A group of migrant workers have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit against a blueberry farm in the region.
The $58,000 settlement is tied to the group’s accusation that the farm broke promises about jobs and housing.
The settlement was recently filed in Grand Rapids federal court.
Eight workers accused Anthony Marr and Blue Star Farms of violating laws that protect migrants who travel from state to state to pick fruit and vegetables.
Marr and Blue Star admitted no liability in the settlement.
The workers said they expected to pick blueberries after leaving Florida for Michigan in the summer of 2012. They said they arrived in Allegan County and were denied jobs and housing.
The lawsuit was filed by Migrant Legal Aid, based in Grand Rapids.