The Farmworker Rights Division is a project of Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm primarily funded by the Legal Services Corporation. The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for Georgians with low-incomes. We specialize in representing low-income farmworkers about wages and workplace conditions.  Our recent cases involve minimum wage (FLSA) enforcement and H-2A (foreign agricultural worker) contract enforcement in addition to worker discrimination cases.  All our cases also involve a particular focus on preventing retaliation against workers who speak up to enforce their rights.  Our cases are actively litigated and we are directly involved in critical issues affecting both low-wage immigrant visa workers and their domestic counterparts.  See, e.g., Reyes-Fuentes v. Shannon Produce Farm, Inc., 671 F. Supp. 2d 1365 (S.D. Ga. 2009) (finding guestworkers’ FLSA retaliation claims enforceable despite extraterritorial exemption); Ojeda-Sanchez v. Bland Farms, 600 F. Supp.2d 1373 (S.D. Ga. Mar. 4, 2009) (granting protective order limiting employer communications with class members); Hernandez v. Two Bros. Farm, LLC, 579 F. Supp. 2d 1379 (S.D. Fla. 2008) (extending liability for contract violations to corporate officer). More recently the Division has litigated cases dealing with alleged Title VII and AWPA violations in addition to wage claims (See EEOC v. Baker Complaint in Intervention – MDGA, settled 2015; Bentley v. Baker  Amended Complaint– MDGA, settled 2014) as well as cases involving unpaid wages and overtime (See Franco-Hernandez v. Southern Valley 2nd Amended Complaint– MDGA, settled 2015).

GAFR Staff

Solimar Mercado-Spencer

Lauren Hoff-Downing

Hilary G. Smith, Regional Operations Manager and Paralegal

Luke W. Connell, Outreach Paralegal


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