Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) provides protections to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. Agricultural employers and farm labor contractors are required to disclose terms and conditions of employment to each worker in writing at the time of recruitment; pay each worker wages owed when due with an itemized statement of earnings and deductions; ensure that housing, if provided, complies with federal and state safety and health standards; ensure that vehicles meet safety and insurance requirements; and comply with the terms of all working arrangements made with their workers.
Workers whose rights under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act have been violated may file a lawsuit in federal court for damages. If a court finds that the employer or farm labor contractor has intentionally violated the law, it may award damages, up to and including an amount equal to the amount of actual damages, statutory damages of up to $500.00 per worker, per violation, and in the situation where there is a certified class action, up to $500,000.00 to the class.
The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act also prohibits discrimination and provides that no person shall intimidate, threaten, restrain, coerce, blacklist, discharge, or in any manner discriminate against any migrant or seasonal agricultural worker who has filed any complaint or has testified or is about to testify in a legal action.
We represent migrant and seasonal agricultural workers whose rights have been violated by their agricultural employers and farm labor contractors under The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. Call Abramson Employment Law at 267-470-4742 or contact us online to discuss your legal options.