The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the center of the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers lawsuit claiming alleged discrimination based on being a female, or based on being Hispanic. The discrimination is in relation to being a women or Hispanic and attempting to get farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. Class members of the lawsuit could receive up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash and an additional amount, equal to 25% of the combined cash award plus the principal amount of debt relief, to help pay federal taxes that may be owed. The total amount set aside for payments under the Farmer Claims lawsuit is $1.33 billion. To check the status of a claim please go here. Please be sure to have your tracking and confirmation number on hand when checking your claim status. The tracking number can be found in the right portion of your Acknowledgement Letter. If you have not received a Confirmation Number or Acknowledgment Letter and it has been 2 weeks or more since you mailed your claim the claim form may be lost. In this even it is highly suggested to file the claim again. If you have any questions about the Farmer Claims website please dial 888-508-4429, toll free.
Other information as follow:
Relevant Time Period for Alleged Discrimination:Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers:January 1, 1981 to December 31, 1996 or October 13, 1998 to October 13, 2000Female Farmers and Ranchers:January 1, 1981 to December 31, 1996 or October 19, 1998 to October 19, 2000