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Farmworkers sue Skagit farmer over breaks, pay

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Farmworkers sue Skagit farmer over breaks, pay

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BURLINGTON, Wash. – A protracted labor dispute between a Skagit County berry grower and farmworkers is continuing in federal court.

Last week attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Sakuma Brothers Farms saying the farmers deprived field workers of their rest breaks and did not provide accurate paperwork recording their hours worked, which stops them from checking if they were paid accurately.

The lawsuit is the latest episode at the Skagit County farm.

During the summer, hundreds farmworkers went on strike several times to protest their wages and living conditions.

Later on, a local judge removed posted security guards posted at the workers living compounds .

The Sakumas are one of the most prominent berry farmers in Skagit County, growing strawberries and blueberries.

The workers are mostly from Mexico and many are indigenous.