New lawsuit over Mexican workers kept in squalor on Arizona farm

G Farms facing allegations of providing unsafe living conditions to workers, unfair wages and intimidation.

PHOENIX (AP) - The federal government says an Arizona farm has kept temporary Mexican workers in squalid conditions and paid them only a fraction of what they're owed.

The Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against G Farms in unincorporated Maricopa County, just northwest of Phoenix, last week. A judge was scheduled to hear arguments on Tuesday.

The department alleges that G Farms housed about 70 workers here on a visa in a dangerous and unsanitary encampment composed of school buses, semitrailers, a cargo container and a shed.

An attorney G farms said the allegations were overblown and inaccurate and that the farm has already placed workers in a hotel and apartments.

Attorney Rick Mahrle said he wouldn't be arguing against a government request for a temporary restraining order and that the farm would comply with all regulations.

© 2017 Associated Press


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