ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
A federal class action lawsuit on behalf of two migrant farm workers was filed in federal court last week accusing Monsanto of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Agricultural Workers Protection Act in its treatment of farmworkers who help produce seed corn.
ByLaird Townsend/For The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
A two-year investigation by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found repeated allegations of labor violations over the past decade against Monsanto, its counterpart in GMO corn production, DuPont Pioneer, other seed companies, and the companies’ contractors.
A review of federal documents, lawsuits and Monsanto records – and interviews with advocates and experts – shows repeated allegations of broken recruiting promises, minimum-wage violations, improperly withheld pay and substandard living conditions in seed-corn production of Monsanto and Pioneer.
San Jose and Spokane have filed lawsuits seeking damages associated from chemical pollution allegedly caused decades ago by a former version of the agribusiness giant Monsanto. The two public nuisance lawsuits claim the seed company should be on the hook for water contamination costs related to dangerous cancer-causing chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.
A group of nearly 20 nonprofit groups, advocacy groups and freelance journalists filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Idaho’s new farm protection law. The 50-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Idaho asks the court to declare that the new law violates the U.S. Constitution, and it seeks an immediate repeal.
Timothy Pigford sued the United states Department of Agriculture in 1997 because he believed black producers were being denied loans. Pigford’s case resulted in the largest civil rights settlement in the history of the United States. Yet, many black producers who joined the settlement have only recently received their portion of the settlement.