Judge orders company that used child labor from FLDS church to pay $1 million in back wages

FLDS children on a berm outside the Dairy Store in Hildale, Utah, Feb. 23, 2016 | File photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — A southern Utah company that used child labor from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $1 million in back wages.

According to a report from Fox13Now, in an order issued Tuesday night, U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell ordered Paragon Contractors to pay the money for a contempt finding for a previous child labor violation.

Paragon Contractors was accused by the U.S. Department of Labor of using hundreds of children from the FLDS church to work on a Hurricane pecan farm in 2012. Video of it was captured by CNN. Campbell held the company in contempt for a 2006 child labor violation. Federal authorities claimed the children were pulled out of school under orders from church leaders.

“Because the names and ages of the children who worked for Defendants were largely unknown (they were members of an elusive, closely-knit polygamous group in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona), the Sanctions Order set a one-year claims period during which the Department of Labor was to reach out to that community and encourage individuals who worked for Defendants to submit a claim for compensatory payments from the fund based on the number of hours worked,” the judge wrote.

Read the full story here:  Fox13Now.com

Written by BEN WINSLOW, Fox13Now.com

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