Farm workers in the United States provide an invaluable service to the economy. Without farm workers, people would not have the ready access to fresh food that they’ve come to expect each time they go to the grocery store. Unfortunately, farm workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Dealing with heavy machinery and the oppressive Florida heat are only two of the common dangers. In addition to hazardous working conditions, many farm workers receive less than adequate compensation and experience neglect of other basic employee rights.
Farm workers in Florida face many dangers, including:
Farm workers are one of the most vulnerable groups of employees in our nation. Under federal law, workers must have access to certain labor protections that help ensure a safe working environment. However, the government cannot always adequately enforce these protections, leading to employee rights violations. Basic rights that many of us take for granted, such as the right to a minimum wage and overtime pay, are still a pervasive problem in rural farming communities throughout Florida and the nation.
In some cases, farm workers face specific exclusion from basic employee rights protections. They may experience lack of access to workers’ compensation, health insurance, and disability.
Generally, farm worker violations may fall under the following applicable laws:
Despite federal and state laws to assure worker safety, many farms continue to commit employee rights violations on Florida’s farms. Anyone who suspects a worker or employee violation should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
If you believe you or someone you know if facing employee rights violations by their employer, either as a rural farm worker or otherwise, it is best you review your legal options with an experienced employment law attorney. If you’re currently employed in the state of Florida, contact our office today for a free case evaluation.
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