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UPDATE: Copemish Man Agrees To Pay Back Wages

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The government says a northern Michigan farmer has agreed to pay $11,250 in back wages to three dozen people who picked cucumbers.

The agreement follows a March ruling by a federal judge, in Grand Rapids.

He ruled the workers were employees, not contractors, and were covered by federal wage law.

The US Labor Department sued Darryl Howes and his farm in Copemish, Manistee County.

He was accused of violating labor laws during the cucumber harvest three years ago.

The government said migrant workers got less than the minimum wage, and were given poor housing.


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A federal judge says more than 30 migrant workers from a Northern Michigan farm are covered by federal wage law.

The judge ruled in favor of the US Labor Department in a lawsuit against Darryl Howes -- saying the workers were employees, not contractors.

Howes owns a cucumber farm in Copemish, in Manistee County.

He is accused of paying less than minimum wage and providing poor housing to the employees back in 2011.

Settlement talks are now set for May 28.

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