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Bob Ferguson

May 10 2018
The Washington Supreme Court agreed today with Attorney General Bob Ferguson that agricultural workers who are paid on a “piece-rate” basis by what they pick are also entitled to hourly compensation for time they spend on other aspects of their jobs.
Apr 26 2018
OLYMPIA — A federal judge today rejected an effort by the Northwest Detention Center’s operator, GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit against the company for allegedly violating Washington’s minimum wage laws.
Sep 20 2017
TACOMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), the second-largest private prison provider in the country, for not paying its workers the minimum wage, netting the company millions in ill-gotten profits. The state’s lawsuit asks the court to order the company to give up these profits.
Aug 1 2017
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a “friend of the court” brief arguing that agricultural workers who are paid on a “piece-rate” basis by what they pick are also entitled to compensation for time they spend on other aspects of their jobs.
Jun 13 2017
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement regarding reports of potential tank vapor exposures today near the Hanford Tank Farm. He filed a lawsuit in September 2015 regarding worker safety issues at Hanford.
May 19 2017
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement regarding today’s report that another double-shell tank holding toxic, radioactive waste at Hanford may be leaking.
Apr 21 2017
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Office will be in Kittitas County Superior Court today defending a voter-approved initiative raising the state’s minimum wage and ensuring paid sick leave for workers.
Nov 15 2016
OLYMPIA — Finding that, “given the preventative measures available and now mandated by the agreement of the parties, there is little to no chance of an imminent and substantial endangerment,” U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Judge Thomas Rice today declined to require safety measures by court order in advance of trial. The federal government implemented those safety measures only after Attorney General Ferguson Bob Ferguson filed a motion for preliminary injunction with the court in July.
Nov 3 2016
OLYMPIA — A federal judge rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Attorney General Bob Ferguson over longstanding worker safety issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Aug 2 2016
“Today, the court set a date for argument on our motion asking for enhanced safety and vapor monitoring measures at Hanford, and ordered preliminary measures to keep workers safe as we work toward a longer-term solution.

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