The Oregon Farm Bureau is suing the U.S. Department of Labor.
The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Portland accuses the department of failing to respond to a public records request about actions last summer in Oregon. Spokesman Jesse Lawder said the department had no comment on the lawsuit.
The Oregonian reports the bureau accuses the department of heavy handed tactics against blueberry farmers. Federal inspectors said they found serious record-keeping and minimum wage violations at three farms. The federal agency prevented the farms from shipping berries unless they admitted wrongdoing, and paid fines and back wages. Farmers called the tactic extortion and said they should not be prevented from shipping perishable fruit.