BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawsuit accusing managers at Perdue Inc. of driving down wages by hiring illegal immigrants will now be heard in Maryland and not in Alabama.

The class-action lawsuit was filed a year ago on behalf of hourly workers at 16 Perdue plants in Maryland and nine other states.

A federal judge in Alabama has granted the defendants’ request to move the case to Maryland. Perdue is headquartered in Salisbury.

The lawsuit does not name Perdue as a defendant. Instead, it claims supervisors at Perdue plants conspired to hire more than 500 undocumented immigrants over a four-year period.

The case will be heard in Baltimore by U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett. A trial date has not been set.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. pah says:

    Old chicken face himself, just like his poppy. Money first, everything else last.

  2. sillyman michaels says:


  3. jim says:

    ICE WHERE ARE YOU!!!! 500 over four years GOD and that is only one company. Iam not going to say more,but I would like to.

  4. cj says:

    Great now the price hike of perdue chicken will rival that of gas… Awesome not only will one not be able to drive, but wont be able to stay home and eat chicken!

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