California Contractor Responsible For Abusing Thai Workers

According to, a federal judge last week found a California labor contractor liable for discrimination and the abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the ruling against Global Horizons, which placed the workers at six farms across the state.

A judge found that Global Horizons officials inflicted various forms of abuse on Thai workers at a Maui farm, including slapping a worker in the head and throwing a worker against a wall. The judge also found other forms of abuse, including one instance where a worker was threatened with a gun and with being deported.

The Honolulu judge’s decision came in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2011, according to

“The judge’s granting of judgment for liability vindicates the rights of the multitude of Thai farm workers who survived inhumane abuses and discrimination at the hands of their employers, who controlled not only their working conditions but where they lived, what they could eat and the basic right to move around freely,” said Anna Park, a regional attorney for the EEOC.

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