A proposed class action lawsuit by so-called “trimmigrants” against a California cannabis company alleges that workers were compelled to work extended hours in difficult conditions without meal breaks, overtime pay or an accurate accounting of their wages.
The workers, whose duties included growing, harvesting, bucking and hanging marijuana plants to dry before placing them in large freezers for shipment, were largely young immigrants, often undocumented. This, they say, was used by their employers to exploit them.
The 11-count complaint against the marijuana farming company asserts the company:
- Compelled workers to toil 7-days-a-week for 12 hours daily;
- Refused to provide rest or meal breaks, as required by law;
- Declined to reimburse employees for work-related expenses such as travel and meals;
- Provided workers with a flat $15-and-hour rate of compensation, no matter how many hours they worked;
- Failed to keep reliable, accurate records of worker hours, in violation of FLSA’s mandates on proper record-keeping.