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UPDATE: Cherry Pickers File Lawsuit Against Yakima Valley Farm

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OUTLOOK, WA.- Some workers at an Outlook vineyard have filed a lawsuit this week, allegding they never received the wages promised to them and the company denied their pay without any warning.

    

Columbia Legal Services announced the lawsuit Tuesday, they say Upland Vineyards offered their workers $3.25 per bucket of cherries picked during the 2014 harvest season. Then without warning the workers claim their pay decreased and they weren't given rest breaks.

    

Workers ended up protesting the changes and say they were fired and run off the property. Columbia Legal Services told us these workers have rights and quote "can't be fired for asking for the pay they were promised".

"In Washington you can't just fire workers because they are asking to be paid what they were promised. Washington law protects all workers who raise concerns with their boss about their wages and working conditions and my clients seek to enforce those protections," Attorney David Solis explained.

    

According to the lawsuit, 70 workers have been fired after the dispute. We did reach out to Upland Vineyards and their attorney, but haven't received a call back.

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Dozens of cherry pickers have filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Yakima Valley farm contending they were fired after complaining that their pay was lowered partway through the harvest.
 
Columbia Legal Services filed the federal court lawsuit on Tuesday.
 
The workers allege that Upland Vineyards offered $3.25 per bucket of cherries for three days of the June 2014 harvest, then lowered the price without warning on the fourth day.

The lawsuit contends that nearly 70 workers were fired and run off the property when they complained about the change.
 
Brendan Monahan, a Yakima attorney representing Upland, disputed the allegations. He says the drop in pay came when the harvest switched from one type of cherry to another.

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