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Lawsuit "A Mixup," Stanley Says
Thursday, 25 April 2013

April 25--  Stanley Farms in Toombs County is facing a federal lawsuit claiming it violated the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

R.T. Stanley, Jr., whose family grows more than a thousand acres of Vidalia onions, says "I understand this lawsuit concerning Stanley Farms says we did not pay the workers minimum wage and that's what this lawsuit is all about."

The suit was brought by Georgia Legal Services in Atlanta on behalf of nineteen local workers for work as far back as 2010.

"We feel like this whole incident stems from a mixup between the guest worker program, which is a completely different contract with a third party, and the local workers.  That's the issue we are trying to let the lawyers resolve," Stanley explained.

Stanley says laborers brought in as part of the guest worker program often make more money than their local counterparts because they work harder and harvest more onions.

"I hope all the general public out there knows that Stanley Farms would not do anything to cause a problem with our labor force.  We depend on them and we can't survive without them," he said.

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