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Vasquez v. Glassboro Service Association, Inc.

New Jersey Supreme Court
415 A.2d 1156 (N.J. 1980)


Glassboro Service Association (Glassboro) (defendant) was in the business of contracting with farmers for migrant farm laborers from Puerto Rico. Glassboro operated a labor camp in New Jersey where it housed its migrant worker employees. The camp consisted of barracks with common facilities and no real privacy. Glassboro had contracts with all of its workers, which provided that if the workers completed their contracts, Glassboro would provide for their transportation back to Puerto Rico. However, if a worker was fired, Glassboro would not provide for such transportation. Vasquez (plaintiff) contracted to work for Glassboro, but his work was not good and he was soon fired. Although there was still an open bed at the barracks, Glassboro did not allow Vasquez to remain overnight after he was fired. As a result, Vasquez was left with no money and no means of getting home to Puerto Rico. The Farmworkers Rights Project filed a complaint on Vasquez’s behalf, seeking permission to reenter the barracks.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Pollock, J.)

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