Settlement reached in farmworkers’ suit

Published 1:30 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A lawsuit filed on behalf of 27 Mexican farm workers against a Mississippi sweet potato operation has been settled.

A joint notice filed with the U.S. District Court shows the settlement was reached this past week in the suit against Ryan Alexander and Alexander Farms, located in Vardaman.

The workers were employed under the federal H-2 Visa program in 2006. The suit was filed in September 2008 and claimed breach of contract and denied wages.

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The notice did not give the settlement amount.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendant didn’t return calls seeking comment about the case.