Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Jul 16 2015

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement regarding today’s Washington State Supreme Court ruling in Demetrio & Paz v. Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc., in which the Attorney General’s Office filed a “friend of the court” brief:
 
“I’m gratified that the Court unanimously upheld the view of the plaintiffs and my office in today’s decision supporting workers’ rights,” Ferguson said. “Paid breaks for workers are a basic principle embodied in state law, and this decision ensures that some agricultural workers, who often perform difficult work for low pay, aren’t denied this right arbitrarily, based solely on their compensation method.”

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