Antonio Oseguera and Hilda Oseguera Garibay have been ordered to pay $410,606 in liquidated damages and $41,351 in travel and subsistence costs to 542 affected workers. As well, their company must pay $8,541 in civil money penalties for their violations and they have 150 days to pay, according to the DOL.
Oseguera Company Violations
Investigators with the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division said that the company’s missed payroll led to violations of the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the company violated federal law by:
- Not paying workers their required rate of pay
- Violating the H-2A program requirements by not paying transportation and subsistence costs
- Not keeping accurate payment records
- Failing to Satisfy the job order requirements
H-2A Agricultural Program Workers
Prior to the judgment, the company was ordered to pay nearly a million dollars in back wages to its U.S. workers and workers hired under the H-2A temporary agricultural program. If A. Oseguera violates labor laws again, it will be automatically barred from the H-2A program for three years. “For years, Antonio Oseguera and his company have ignored their obligations under the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program,” said Regional Solicitor Marc Pilotin in San Francisco, according to the U.S. Department of Labor news release. “The Solicitor’s Office will take every legal step necessary to protect the safety, well-being and wages of temporary guest workers. These steps may include seeking to use the power of a federal court to make employers to comply with the law and prevent them from hiring H-2A program workers.”
Further, the judgment also requires A. Oseguera to hire a full-time monitor to oversee their H-2A and MSPA operations, significantly increase the sizes of their surety bonds and requires supervisors, foremen and payroll personnel to attend four trainings on the FLSA, MSPA and INA in the next two years.
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KSBW also reached out to Antonio Oseguera and Hilda Oseguera Garibay, who said they would not provide a statement at this time.
A. Oseguera Company Inc. is an H-2A farm labor contractor that employs workers to harvest crops seasonally across California’s Central Coast, in Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.