farm workers
May 14, 2016

Lawsuit: NY Farmworkers Must Be Allowed to Organize

 |  By: Associated Press

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a state law that forbids agricultural workers from organizing on behalf of a dairy farm worker who said he was fired after meeting with co-workers to discuss their working conditions.

Crispin Hernandez said workers at the farm were forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions. Hernandez said workers were physically abused by the employers and denied medical treatment for injuries.

"Without agricultural workers and our labor there would not be fruits or vegetables," Hernandez said through a translator. "But we feel like we are treated as if we don't have rights, as if our lives are not important."