Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the nation’s second-largest pistachio grower and processor, announced on Thursday its offering cash settlements to hourly employees who worked between April 27, 2012, and March 1, 2019.
The settlement is being offered to address a recent lawsuit. The company has been accused of failing to pay somewhere between 1 to 3 minutes of pay per workday as employees walked between the front-gate and the time-clocks, and while Setton denies these accusations and believes it paid employees fairly, it's offering direct cash settlements to ensure there are no disputes with employees, the company stated.
The company also stated it wanted to maximize funds to employees by directly settling with them. Setting is offering 50 cents per day on average. For between April 27, 2012 and March 1, 2019 that adds up to $1,000 for some employees.
Setton stated employees still have the right to decline the offer and instead continue to participate in the lawsuit. Setton stated the lawsuit would likely take years and what employees receive in the lawsuit is unknown.
All former and current Setton Farms hourly employees who worked between April 27, 2012 and March 1, 2019 are encouraged to come directly to its human resources office at 9370 Road 234, Terra Bella to sign the settlement agreement and receive an immediate cash payment.