Dowagiac farm farm settles dispute over migrant housing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A southwestern Michigan farm has agreed to pay about $10,000 and build new housing to settle a lawsuit over conditions for migrant workers.

Grand Rapids federal Judge Janet Neff approved the deal this week between the U.S. Labor Department and Berrybrook Farms. The farm is based in Cass County but also has labor camps in Van Buren County.

The government had accused Berrybrook of failing to meet a number of conditions, including adequate water, screens and rodent control. Any new housing would be phased in over a few years starting in 2013. Some existing housing can be used if it meets state standards.

Berrybrook must assign someone to conduct weekly housing inspections. Those reports must be available to the state.

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