It's not often you have to dissuade largely sedentary, manual labor-averse Americans from taking back-wracking work on a farm. That is unless you're Sabrina Steele of Maryville. This hardy mother of two says she was discriminated against for being an American...in America. Yeah, you just read that. When she applied for a spot at Pope's Plant Farm in Greenback, the owner did everything he could to persuade her that this job would suck big time. He told her there'd be 80-hour weeks. He told her she'd be the only English speaker and that the male-female ratio would be 20 to 1.
All this, she says, so he could hire more foreigners. Thing is, by law the owner has to look for domestic labor. Only when none can be found is he allowed to hire workers with temporary visas. It's part of a Bush plan to make it easier on temporary foreign workers. So Steele fought back, filing complaints with the Department of Justice. This type of seasonal migrant work is apparently increasingly hard to get for U.S. citizens. When we're fighting migrant workers with temporary visas for what are arguably shitty jobs, things must be bad.