Created: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:16:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:49:22 EST
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - One of the biggest producers of Vidalia onions has agreed to pay nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a group of farmworkers.
A judge on Monday approved the agreement between the group of American farmworkers and Stanley Farms LLC and its managers. The workers had claimed they were paid less than minimum wage and less than foreign guest workers who worked alongside them.
Stanley Farms agreed to pay $92,500, which includes $82,500 in back wages and damages and $10,000 for attorney's fees and costs. The sweet onion producer also agreed to follow certain hiring and employment practices outlined in the agreement.
According to its website, Stanley Farms grows more than 1,000 acres of onions, as well as other crops and vegetables in southeast Georgia.