Previous employees of a well-known farming family in the Santa Maria Valley, California, filed a class action lawsuit against the farming family and agricultural companies, alleging violations of many labor laws. According to the complaint, the agricultural companies, Agro-Jal Farming Enterprises Inc., Agro-Jal Farms Inc., Paloma Packing Inc., and their owners, the Maldonados, committed violations of many California labor laws concerning wages, hours and conditions in the workplace.
The plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit are Cipriano Ponce, who worked for the defendants between 1984 and 2014, and Carlos Faria, who worked for the defendants between 2008 and 2010. The plaintiffs claim that due to the defendants’ lack of compliance with labor laws, they sustained financial losses.
They allege that employees had to go to the company office before beginning their work, but that they were only compensated for the amount of time that they worked instead of the entire time they had spent on the clock. Plaintiffs worked about 13 hours on a daily basis, six days per week, and on the seventh day they had to work six hours.
In addition, the complaint alleges that the employees were denied breaks for rest and meals, and were not paid overtime or double time. They also did not receive reimbursement for job-related expenses, including mileage, gas, equipment and tools. The plaintiffs’ attorney believes that a class action is fitting because hundreds of the defendants’ employees, who are mainly field workers, were adversely affected by such violations. The complaint will be reviewed by the California Labor Workforce Development Agency, and in the event that it does not accept the case, the plaintiffs and their attorney will pursue the case in court.
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