Farm workers eligible for worker’s comp after new ruling

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has sided with farm and ranch laborers who say they are entitled to worker’s compensation when injured on the job.

The case stems from a 2012 incident in which a woman who worked as a chile picker in Dona Ana County broke her wrist and requested worker’s comp but was denied.

The Supreme Court held on Thursday that denying farm laborers worker’s comp is unconstitutional.

The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau said it was disappointed in the ruling and that it will be a financial blow to farmers and ranchers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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