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Valley Farm Facing Federal Lawsuit For Reported Subhuman Work Conditions

The federal government has filed suit against a west valley farm for the way it treats temporary farm workers.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, claims G Farms in El Mirage was housing about 70 people, all here on migrant worker visas, in subhuman conditions.  

The suit claims housing consisted of school buses, semitrailers, a cargo container and an open-air shed.

The Department of Labor filed the suit and plans to give arguments on its findings this week.

Part of those findings include unsanitary conditions inside sleeping quarters, dangerous lighting situations with electrical chords strung through a makeshift shower and a portable air conditioner capable of blowing only hot air into the back of a school bus.

On paper, payment for harvesting onions is about $11 an hour, for up to 50 hours a week. But, the lawsuit claims only a fraction of those hours were paid since the workers arrived in April.

An attorney for G Farms denies the workers were threatened with deportation if they reported the conditions. He said the workers are now in apartments and hotels and his client will comply with all regulations.


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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.