Jan. 27, 2021
In the United States, federal law allows 12-year-old children to work seven days a week outside of school hours in the agricultural industry. Part-time child workers can be even younger. These children are disproportionately children of color and at higher risk for work-related deaths related to agricultural work, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Nelson Mullins has partnered with Lawyers for Racial Justice and the Child Labor Coalition to research 50 state laws around agricultural labor to investigate this crisis. Eight Nelson Mullins attorneys each researched a state with the goal of identifying ways in which to better protect these children and give them additional opportunities outside of the fields. The project is part of Nelson Mullins’ commitment to the Racial Justice Project with Lawyers for Good Government.
“We are pleased to have participated in this project to help support important work on this human rights issue,” said Columbia partner Mark Dukes, who, along with partner Michael Rubinger, reviewed the Nelson Mullins team’s research results. “The research we performed is at the root of understanding the legal challenges and finding improvements to state laws that will help keep these children safer.”
The following attorneys handled the research: Marisa Agganis, Brett Peanasky, Nicole Villamar, Rachel Ellis, Ben Mitrani, Axton Crolley, Elaine Yap, and Abigail Castleberry.
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