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The Full Story
Dairy farmworkers are some of Washington’s hardest workers, often spending more than 12 hours a day on the job across nearly 400 dairies. 90% of Washington’s dairy farms supply Darigold, a large cooperative that sells more than $2 billion worth of dairy products every year.
Darigold member dairies have a long history of treating farmworkers poorly— egregiously violating workers’ rights and ignoring health and safety standards leading to wage theft, hospitalizations, and fatal accidents.
Between 2015 and 2017, injury rates at dairies were 121% higher than other Washington industries combined, the rate of significant injuries (those that cause workers to miss work or go on disability) was 41% higher at dairies than in other agriculture sectors, and a worker died each year on the job at a Washington dairy farm.
After believing they were denied legally mandated 10-minute work and lunch breaks, 12 courageous workers— the Darigold Dozen— made their concerns known. When these concerns went unheard and ignored, they filed a lawsuit against Ruby Ridge, a Darigold member.
The Darigold Dozen were pioneers, motivating farmworkers across Washington to speak out against racism, sexual harassment, wage theft, workplace accidents, and missing safety precautions. Other brave farmworkers have filed lawsuits inspired by the Darigold Dozen, resulting in hundreds of thousands paid out in settlements by Darigold dairies.
Rather than address and reform the workplace issues raised by their workers, Ruby Ridge fired them, then countersued these twelve brave whistleblowers and United Farm Workers in retaliation. With this revenge lawsuit, their aim is to trap workers in financial ruin, reject responsibility, and silence present and future complaints.
As the case reaches its final stages, we must raise awareness of the plight of Washington farmworkers and the intimidation threats of their employers.
It is in honor of the Darigold Dozen that we take action — so no worker is subject to illegal threats, retaliation, or retribution. By demanding that retailers hold Darigold accountable, we can finally put an end to illegal employment practices and ensure all farmworkers are treated fairly and employed in a safe workplace.
Learn more about Darigold member dairies’ mistreatment of workers, the fast, and how you can help below.¡Sí, se puede!