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Unanimous Washington Supreme Court Decision in Sakuma Brothers Farms Class Action

July 16, 2015

Seattle, WA, July 16, 2015 – Washington Supreme Court announced a unanimous decision today in favor of our clients, farm workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms, who will be entitled to receive payment for rest breaks that is over and above their piece rate compensation at the worker’s regular rate or the minimum wage, whichever is greater. The decision will impact workers across the state who are compensated on a piece rate basis (e.g., an amount per pound). The Court said its interpretation was necessary to provide workers with an incentive to take breaks that are necessary for their safety and health.