US sues Calif. firm, farms in labor case

Associated Press / April 21, 2011

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LOS ANGELES — A federal agency has filed lawsuits claiming more than 200 Thai workers were forced to live in rat-infested housing and were physically abused by supervisors after being recruited by a California-based labor contractor to work on farms in Hawaii and Washington.

The two lawsuits were filed Tuesday in Washington state and Hawaii against Beverly Hills-based Global Horizons Inc. along with six farms in Hawaii and two in Washington.

Global Horizons lured Thai workers to the US between 2003 and 2007 with promises of steady jobs and agricultural visas, then confiscated their passports and threatened to deport them if they complained about conditions, commission officials said. top stories on Twitter

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