Agriprocessors Inc., the Postville, Iowa "kosher" meatpacking plant raided in May 2008 by ICE, has been charged with over 9,000 child labor law violations by the Iowa Attorney General. The charges were filed today.
If ever there was a case to throw some owners in jail for a long time this is the one. Not only did this company knowingly import and hire illegal aliens, they knowingly hired minors and put them in unsafe situations according to the charges filed by the Iowa Attorney General.
The complaint alleges more than 9,000 violations of Iowa's child labor law at the plant in Postville, saying the violations involved 32 children under age 18, including seven who were younger than 16.
An affidavit said children were exposed to dry ice and chlorine solutions and were operating conveyor belts, meat grinders, circular saws, power washers and power shears.
The attorney general's office said the violations occurred from Sept. 9, 2007, to May 12, 2008, when the plant was raided by federal immigration agents.
Charged are plant owner Abraham Aaron Rubashkin; former plant manager Sholom Rubashkin; human resources manager Elizabeth Billmeyer; and Laura Althouse and Karina Freund, management employees in the company's human resources division.
"All of the named individual defendants possessed shared knowledge that Agriprocessors employed undocumented aliens. It was likewise shared knowledge among the defendants that many of those workers were minors," the affidavit said.
There was no immediate response to a call seeking comment from an Agriprocessors spokesman.
No response from Agriprocessors? Really? I'm shocked!
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This is a perfect example of why E-Verify needs to be REQUIRED of ALL employers in every state! If E-Verify were in place,this wouldn't be happening, or rarely at least. These owners and managers are going to claim ignorance that "they didn't know" the documents were forged. Right. Without a law on the books, it's going to be very hard to prove. Please call your US senators/rep's today and DEMAND they pass E-Verify! 1-800-828-0498 -- the operator will transfer you.
Posted by: April on September 11, 2008 02:54 PM