Plaintiffs from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia have filed a class-action lawsuit against Perdue Farms, claiming the company allegedly kept wages down at its processing plants by hiring undocumented immigrants, according to DelmarvaNow.com.

"Perdue follows all hiring laws and uses the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to determine an employee's eligibility to work in the U.S.," said Luis A. Luna, vice president of corporate communications for Perdue Farms. "I can assure you we will vigorously fight [the lawsuit]."

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The suit targets numerous human resources staff and plant managers at 16 facilities in the Southeast and Indiana. It was filed on behalf of hourly employees who have worked at the plants since March 2006 and were authorized for employment in the United States.