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Judge: 650+ Farm Workers Entitled to Know Wages

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a class of more than 650 farm workers should have had information about wages and other job conditions disclosed to them by the company that hired them.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice set a July hearing to determine how much money each of the farm workers could receive.
The workers were hired to labor in two orchards near Sunnyside, about 40 miles southeast of Yakima.
The orchards are owned by John Hancock Insurance Co., which leased them to Farmland Management Services. Farmland then subleased the orchards to N.W. Management and Realty Services.
Ten workers filed suit last July, claiming that N.W. Management failed to document their work and shorted their wages. The court approved class-action status on those claims in February.