The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the exclusion of farmworkers from labor law allowing workers to organize.
The complaint, filed on behalf of former North Country dairy worker Crispin Hernandez, alleges the man was fired last September from Marks Farms in Lowville, Lewis County, after he and other workers contacted the Workers' Center of Central New York, also a plaintiff, for assistance in organizing the dairy farm's employees.
The suit alleges that Hernandez and fellow employee Saul Pinto were intimidated by the farm manager and were forced out of the rooms they rented from the farm within four days of their termination.
The complaint does not name Marks Farms as a defendant.
The lawsuit is rooted in labor protections awarded in the 1930s at both the federal and state levels.