Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | December 5, 2012
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US suing banana company

The United States Department of Labour has filed a lawsuit against a banana company in Puerto Rico accusing its owners of paying workers less than the minimum wage.

The government accuses Bananera Fabre of paying workers US$6.25 and US$6.50 an hour instead of the required US$7.25. The lawsuit states that the owners, Jose Fabre Laboy and his son, Jose Fabre Santiago, owe workers more than US$191,000 in back wages.

The two men run a farm in the southwestern town of Sabana Grande that also produces tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.

A department statement yesterday says the company previously violated the minimum wage law and recently paid more than US$38,000 in back wages and more than US$6,000 in penalties.

Company officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

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