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Judge to Del Monte: Prepare for discovery south of the border

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Mexican workers who worked for Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc., have filed a class-action suit alleging the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it failed to properly pay the workers their wages. In response, Del Monte asked that all discovery and depositions take place in Atlanta even though many of the workers returned to Mexico when their H-2A work visas expired.

The judge in the case ruled that forcing the workers to come back to the United States would be an undue hardship for them. Discovery will proceed to determine whether the class can be certified.

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