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July 5, 2019

Polygamous contractor owes $1M to child workers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is ordering a Utah contractor with ties to a polygamous group on the Utah-Arizona border to pay more than $1 million in back wages to children who prosecutors say were forced to pick pecans from 2008-2013.

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled Tuesday based on the Department of Labor's determination that 104 workers were eligible for back pay from Paragon Contractors. The department says the majority worked an average of six days a week and about three months each year.


 
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