State Investigates Substandard Housing for Migrant Farm Workers

CURRIE -- The N.C. Labor Department is looking into whether some migrant farm workers receive substandard housing.

According to investigators, as many as 40 migrant tomato pickers at Ag-Mart were crowded into a living space with no hot water, no shower, and too few beds.

The state is not going after Ag-Mart, which is not required by law to provide housing to the workers.

Instead, investigators are looking for the landlords and the labor contractors who broke the state law aimed at protecting migrant farm workers.

Staff Report