A federal judge has found a company linked to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) to be in contempt of court for putting hundreds of children to work on a Utah farm in 2012.
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What’s the Problem?
U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell ruled on June 1, 2016, that Brian Jessop and Paragon Contractors were in violation of child labor laws for the incident, where over 1,000 FLDS children were ordered to pick pecans at a farm in Hurricane, Utah.
“The children were not volunteers,” Campbell said. “Also, much of the work occurred during school hours and was hazardous, so that work does not qualify for FLSA’s agricultural exemption.”
Campbell placed some the blame on the FLDS Church itself, which she said ordered the children to work on the farm.
“Moreover, hanging over the decision whether to work was the threat of retaliation by the FLDS Church if the members did not follow instructions,” the judge said.
The FLDS church is based in the adjoining towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, and is led by Warren Jeffs, who is serving life in prison for child sex assault. His brother Lyle Jeffs and 10 others are facing federal charges related to a massive food stamp scheme that prosecutors allege defrauded taxpayers for more than $12 million.
The case has been on the books in the federal court system for years, with the U.S. Department of Labor pursuing sanctions against the company and the FLDS Church itself in related cases. The federal government last year filed a lawsuit against the church seeking nearly $2 million for child labor law violations.
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