Kosher Meatpacking Plant in Iowa Slapped With Fines Over Wage Violations

Iowa has fined a kosher meatpacking plant nearly $10 million for alleged wage violations.

Agriprocessors in Potsville was targeted in May in an immigration raid and has also been accused of child-labor violations.

Labor Commissioner Dave Neil assessed the civil penalties against Agriprocessors in Potsville for what he calls repeated violations of Iowa's wage laws from January 2006 to June 2008.

The alleged violations include illegally deducting sales tax and miscellaneous costs, and failing to pay dozens of workers their last paycheck after the May raid by federal immigration agents.

The civil penalties total more than $9.9 million.

An Agriprocessors spokesman didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.