HONOLULU — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is hoping a federal judge in Hawaii approves $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai workers.
The agency held a court-ordered news conference in Honolulu Friday clarifying that the settlements with four Hawaii farms announced in June are still subject to the judge’s approval.
U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi’s order says the agency didn’t follow rules for filing the agreements and gave a misleading impression settlements were finalized. She threatened to deny the settlements.
An agency spokeswoman in Los Angeles read a statement and an attorney answered questions via telephone.
The agency submitted a copy of its news release to the judge. It’s not clear when Kobayashi will decide.
The proposed settlements are for the agency’s 2011 lawsuit claiming Thai workers were exploited.