Austin J. DeCoster
Austin J. 'Jack' DeCoster runs a series of large animal confinement operations (hog lots) and egg plants in Iowa, Maine and Ohio. His companies have been cited repeatedly for violating enviromental, workplace and immigration laws.
- In June 2000, he became Iowa's first Habitual Violator of environmental laws, and was fined $150,000.
- The DeCosters paid $1.5 million in fines to the EEOC in 2003 to resolve complaints of sexual harassment and rape by supervisors.
- DeCoster plead guilty to federal immigration violations and agreed to pay a record $2,125,000 civil fine to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in August 2003.
- In June 2006, a raid found 36 illegal workers at a DeCoster egg plant in Clarion, Iowa.
- In December 2006, the Ohio Agriculture Dept. revoked the operating permits of Ohio Fresh Eggs, because the firm failed to disclose that DeCoster was involved with daily operations. (Source: "Egg Firm Misstated DeCoster Link", DesMoines Register, Dec. 3, 2006, p.4D.)
- In September 2007, a raid found 51 illegal immigrant workers at a DeCoster egg plant in Wright County, Iowa. (Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sept. 14, 2007, p. 5B.)
- August 2010 - Wright County Egg, a company controlled by DeCoster, recalled over 300 million eggs that had been contaminated by salmonella. (Source: "Wright Egg Owner has Troubled History", Cedar Rapids Gazette, Aug. 28, 2010, p.1)
- DeCoster to be Classified as First "Habitual Violator" - Iowa Attorney General's office
- EEOC Annual Report for 2003
- DeCoster pleads guilty to immigration violations
- Raid Nabs 36 Illegal Workers
- You Could Have Had Ed Fallon - a good summary of DeCoster's record from the State 29 blog.
- Egg recall not first problem for DeCoster operations - by Anderw Zajac, LA Times, Aug. 27, 2010