Disabled workers in Iowa awarded millions for mistreatment

Published On: Jun 12 2013 07:24:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 07:24:00 AM CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

A judge has entered final judgment of $3.4 million against a Texas company found to have mistreated 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.

U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle ruled Tuesday the men will be awarded $1.37 million in back pay, $1.6 million in damages, and $421,000 in interest. Each would receive average awards of $106,000 if Henry's Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Tex., can pay the judgment.

Wolle ordered Henry's to pay $10,400 in costs to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which represents the men.

Jurors found May 1 that Henry's discriminated against the men, who were hired out to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant, and awarded each $7.5 million in damages. The $240 million verdict was slashed to $1.6 million because of federal damage caps.