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State Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Farmworkers

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KENNEWICK, WA. (AP) - The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case this spring that could impact farmers and farmworkers across the state.

The court is being asked to decide whether farmers are required to pay farmworkers, who earn wages based on how much they pick, additional money for rest breaks.

Farmworkers are guaranteed to earn the state's minimum wage, but fast harvesters can earn quite a bit more.

A case involves a class-action lawsuit filed by farmworkers Ana Lopez Demetrio and Francisco Eugenio Paz against Sakuma Brothers Farms, a berry farm in Burlington, Washington.



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