Bradley County’s Candy Brand could be responsible for $1.5 million suit

A class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 1,500 migrant workers for unpaid wages is nearing a $1.5 million conclusion after settlement papers were filed in El Dorado.

According to the Associated Press, the suit was filed in 2007 by Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of workers who packed tomatoes for Candy Brand LLC in Bradley County.

Court documents allege the workers weren’t paid even minimum wage or for overtime, travel or temporary work visas. They were also not paid at the halfway point of their contract, which was stipulated by the contract both parties signed, according to the documents.

Final settlement approval is set for a hearing on March 27. Hani W. Hashem of Monticello and F. Mattison Thomas III of El Dorado are defending Candy Brand and several other defendants named.

The headline in this post has been updated to reflect a correction to the name of the company.

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