Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Agriprocessors: Charged With 9,000+ Counts Of Child Labor Violations

Postville Once Touted As Iowa's Beacon Of Diversity
Now Considered "The Shame Of Iowa" by Agriprocessors...

The Iowa attorney general's office has filed child labor charges against the owner and managers of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville.

The complaint filed Tuesday alleges more than 9,000 violations of Iowa's child labor law at the plant. The attorney general's office said the violations occurred from Sept. 9, 2007, to May 12, 2008.

The complaint indicates the violations involved 32 children under age 18, including seven who were younger than 16.
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Agriprocessor's Executives Charged With Felonies

Those facing state misdemeanor charges are company owner Abraham Aaron Rubashkin; his son, longtime company leader Sholom Rubashkin, 48; human resources manager Elizabeth Billmeyer; and human resources employees Laura Althouse, 38, and Karina Freund, 29. The penalty for each count is 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $625.

In addition, Althouse faces three felony charges and Freund one felony charge. A federal criminal complaint states that on May 11, the day before a massive immigration raid, Althouse helped employees who had already been hired to complete new applications with new names, using newly acquired false identification documents.

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