Woodbury Health Products, the maker of a popular woody-fruits juice, has agreed to pay a $1.9 million fine to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee over allegations that the company violated federal and state labor laws.
Woodbury announced Friday that it had agreed to the $1,878,977 settlement, which also includes an agreement to pay $300,000 in restitution to an employee who was fired for reporting misconduct, according to a news release from Woodbury.
The former Woodbury employee filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sacramento in March.
The former employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing litigation, said he quit Woodbury after he was told the company was working on making the fruit juice non-alcoholic.
The company agreed to resolve the matter in a nondisclosure agreement, Woodbury said in the release.
The company will continue to provide woody fruit juice and other Woodbury products to customers, including those who have a valid USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) certificate.
Woody Fruit Juice, a non-food product of the Woodbury Company, is sold in the United States and abroad.
It contains about 2,000 different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
Woodbury says it is a natural product that has been in use for thousands of years.