Rubashkin workers have formed a class action lawsuit against Agriprocessors. Here's what the workers allege…
…The suit claims Sonia Parras Konrad, a Polk County attorney, interviewed over 50 detainees who told her Agriprocessors: procured false identification for its immigrant employees; withheld money from their paychecks for "immigration fees"; didn't allow employees to use the restroom during 10-hour shifts; didn't compensate employees for overtime; and were physically abused by supervisors.
The suit also has excerpts from an affidavit filed by David M. Hoagland, senior special agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in support of the search warrant issued on Agriprocessors. The alleged violations in the affidavit include:
— Equipment issued to perform work was substandard
— A floor supervisors duct-taped the eyes of a Guatemalan employee and then hit the employee with a meat hook
— Immigrants were paid $5 an hour and after three or four months, bumped up to $6.
The affidavit also contains numerous allegations of violations of the federal racketeering laws including:
— Employee's taxes were deducted and deposited into bank accounts belonging to an unknown person or people.
— An employee transported immigrant employees across state lines to Minnesota to get false state identification cards
— Checks were issued to certain immigrants with an unknown person's name on it and the check would be cashed at another portion of the plant
— A Department of Transportation investigator provided information that a supervisor at the company used an intricate and unlawful scheme to purchase and register a large number of car for resale to the employees and a supervisor forced the employees to buy the cars from him or be fired.…
If any of the bolded, italicized allegations are true, Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, Heshy Rubashkin and others will spend many years behind bars, and Aaron Rubashkin will spend his last years in prison.
[Hat Tip Stephen M.]