Kombucha Maker Locked Workers In Plant, Suit Says

By Allissa Wickham (September 16, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT) -- The owner of organic beverage brand GT's Kombucha was hit with a putative class action in California court Thursday, accusing the company of locking workers in a warehouse, where they were "virtually placed under guard."

The suit, filed by former employee Alma Mateos in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Millennium Products Inc. maintained "abhorrent" conditions at its Vernon, Calif., bottling plant. According to the complaint, hundreds of employees responsible for brewing and bottling the company's popular kombucha products were subjected to inhumane conditions and denied overtime pay, in violation of California law.

"The conditions were so inhumane that...

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