Pilgrim’s $29 Million Deal Headed to Judge in Wage-Fixing Case


·         Suit alleges scheme to drive down pay for poultry workers

·         Pilgrim’s will pay and cooperate, settlement motion says


Mike Leonard, Bloomberg Law

July 6, 2021


JBS SA subsidiary Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. will pay $29 million to resolve antitrust claims over its alleged role in an industrywide scheme to depress pay for the largely immigrant workforce employed at poultry processing plants, according to a federal court filing in Baltimore.


The employees leading the lawsuit sought preliminary approval from Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher for the agreement, which would let Pilgrim’s exit the proposed class action moving forward in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.


“Plaintiffs believe that they have pleaded a strong case,” but “this is a complex antitrust action” that would have ...


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