Wednesday June 13, 2012

WHATELY, Mass. (AP) - Federal labor authorities have sued the operators of a western Massachusetts farm for allegedly underpaying its workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor says in its complaint that Chang & Sons Enterprises Inc. of Whately violated laws requiring minimum wage and overtime for employees.

The Republican reports the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston seeks $400,000, including $200,000 in back wages for affected workers.

Chang & Sons grows and packages bean sprouts and other products distributed throughout the Northeast.

The complaint alleges some employees worked about 90 hours per week planting, harvesting and packaging bean sprouts and soy beans, at a rate that worked out to about $3.88 to $5 per hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Chang could not be reached for comment.


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