…Republican State Senator Brent Jackson of Autryville, North Carolina.
Brent is also a farmer, owning Jackson Farming Company, which grows melons, strawberries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and such. The US Department of Labor just completed an eight-month investigation and found that he:
- Didn’t pay the prevailing minimum wage to his field workers
- Didn’t follow laws requiring proper records
- Didn’t provide legally required disclosures for employees informing them of their rights
- Didn’t provide wage statements
Another small business owner picked on by the Feds for making a few unintentional mistakes? Mmmm, hardly. Besides being a lawmaker, Brent:
- Is also the defendant in lawsuit filed by former workers for violating Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina Wage & Hour Act. The suit alleges that Jackson illegally docked workers’ pay for making mistakes, illegally refused to pay for workers’ travel back to their home country after their contract was over, and retaliating (again, illegal) for asserting their rights
- Is a member of Donald Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee
- Sponsored – three times, the last successfully – an “Ag-gag rule” bill to make it illegal for reporters or employees to expose illegal practices at businesses.
Brent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His son, Rodney, who runs the farm, can be reached at email@example.com. And here’s the Jackson Farm feedback form. Send them your hearty congratulations.
We learned of this situation via Indy Week and their reporter, Paul Blest, and supplemented their reporting with articles from The News & Observer (Lynn Bonner) Thanks! Here are several related articles:
- Senator Brent Jackson’s Farm Under Investigation by U.S. Department of Labor
- Department of Labor Finds Senator Brent Jackson’s Farm Broke Minimum Wage, Disclosure, Recordkeeping Regulations
- Trump Names N.C. Senator Facing Lawsuit and Department of Labor Investigation to Advisory Committee
- NC ag-gag bill part of long legacy of abuse
- Labor dispute lands at NC senator’s door