Labor Dept. Cuts Orchard Out Of H-2A For Worker Abuse 1 Labor Dept. Cuts Orchard Out Of H-2A For Worker Abuse

Labor Dept. Cuts Orchard Out Of H-2A For Worker Abuse

By Jonathan Capriel (July 28, 2022, 7:20 PM EDT) — The U.S. Department of Labor has booted a Washington state orchard from its temporary agricultural worker program after the agency found the employer had been verbally abusing its employees and threatening to send them back to Mexico, among other labor violations.

Welton Orchards and Storage won’t be able to participate in the H-2A agricultural worker program for three years after the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division uncovered evidence that it had not been complying with the program’s requirements in a myriad of ways, the agency announced Thursday.

The company “intimidated and threatened workers and put their livelihoods at risk as…