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Boss denies hitting disabled Iowa worker

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The owner of Henry's Turkey Service testified during a trial in federal court that he didn't strike a disabled man who worked for him.

Kenneth Henry spoke Monday during the trial in Davenport, where the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking compensation for 32 former employees whom it claims were mistreated. The Goldthwaite, Texas-based company supplied the men as contract workers to West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, Iowa.

A judge has already ordered Henry's to pay the men more than $1.3 million for wage violations.

The Quad-City Times reports Henry denied striking worker Gene Berg, as prosecutors had alleged.

Earlier, Henry testified he wasn't aware of claims the workers were physically abused.

He blamed the men's poor housing condition on a supervisor.

Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

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