(Nov. 1) D’Arrigo Bros. of California, Salinas, agreed to pay $3.5 million plus administrative fees to settle a class action lawsuit involving more than 3,000 field workers.

Paul Strauss, an attorney with Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C., Chicago, representing the plaintiffs, said the suit, filed in August 2000, alleged that field workers were not compensated for mandatory travel time on company buses, as is required under California law.

“California requires payment for any time under the control of the employer,” Strauss said.

The alleged infractions took place between Aug. 4, 1997 and April 15, 2000.

Strauss said D’Arrigo Bros. did not admit fault in the suit. A settlement was ordered in June 2005.