We actively engage in litigation to advance employment rights of farmworkers and to remedy systemic labor abuses confronted by farmworkers.
Farmworker Justice, since its inception in 1981, has filed lawsuits on behalf of farmworkers and their organizations, often in collaboration with other advocates and attorneys to maximize impact. Some of the cases address systemic labor abuses committed by agricultural employers and seek to establish a precedent that will protect or benefit farmworkers and their family members throughout the country. In many lawsuits, Farmworker Justice, along with other farmworker advocacy organizations, has filed legal actions against federal government agencies for adopting illegal policies that harm farmworkers and their family members. These cases involve immigration, labor rights, the H-2A agricultural guestworker program, occupational safety standards, and pesticide safety standards. We also support cases brought in state courts and join in on amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and courts of appeals to educate judges about farmworkers and the challenges they experience. Our litigation docket of current cases is available below: