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Farm settles case claiming bias against Americans

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Christner Farms in Dawson, in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, has paid almost $22,000 to settle charges it filled positions with H-2A visa holders but refused to hire a qualified American citizen.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the farm failed to cooperate with the state’s workforce agency by not accepting referrals of qualified U.S. citizens.

Investigators also found the housing the farm provided for workers was substandard and the employer failed to post the appropriate information concerning the temporary agricultural worker program.

Christner Farms will pay the American worker $11,275 in back wages and $10,463 in civil penalties.

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