Immigrant Herders Can Contest H-2A Wage Rule, Judge Rules

By Kali Hays (November 23, 2016, 7:32 PM EST) -- A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday reconsidered her earlier opinion in a suit by a proposed class of shepherds that said only U.S. citizens could challenge a U.S. Department of Labor rule setting a pay floor for livestock workers, agreeing that immigrants with work authorization also have standing to do so.

In a September ruling that partially granted the DOL's attempt to dismiss claims by a group of herders and the Hispanic Affairs Project that a 2015 pay rule for livestock workers in the H-2A visa program serves to suppress pay in the industry, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell found...

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