State officials allege child labor violations at Postville meat plant
By CLARK KAUFFMAN AND NIGEL DUARA
REGISTER STAFF WRITERS
The Agriprocessors meat-processing plant in Postville could be hit with up to $1 million in fines as a result of alleged violations of child-labor laws.
The state’s labor commissioner is asking Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to pursue charges against Agriprocessors for what is alleged to be a record-setting number of criminal violations related to underage Iowa workers.
“There’s no doubt it’s probably the largest case in the history of the state,” said Labor Commissioner Dave Neil. “The investigation brings to light egregious violations of virtually every aspect of Iowa’s child-labor laws.”