A Utah company found to have used underage and unpaid pecan pickers has agreed to start repaying $200,000 in wages while it appeals to a higher court.
Paragon Contractors Corp. will pay the amount in 12 monthly installments, according to an agreement approved Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell.
The agreement cancels a hearing scheduled for Friday when Paragon was supposed to explain why it had not yet paid the $200,000.
Campbell in December ordered Paragon, which is operated by members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to repay the back wages. Paragon had been withholding the money while it appeals Campbell's ruling to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.