Merced Farm Labor Hit with Record Fine

July 23, 2008 11:59:14 PM PDT
Valley Company has been hit with the biggest fine in state history, following the death of a farm worker.Investigators believe 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez died because Merced Farm Labor denied her access to shade and water, as she pruned wine grapes in nearly triple-digit heat.

The company was fined more than 262-thousand dollars for eight violations.

The California Labor Commissioner is also in the process of revoking the contractor's license.

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