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Skagit Valley farm to pay $500,000 to workers

Skagit Valley farm to pay $500,000 to workers

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SEATTLE, Wash. - One of Washington state’s largest berry growers has agreed to pay $500,000 to workers who say they were underpaid and denied rest breaks.

Sakuma Brothers Farms in the Skagit Valley did not admit liability in the settlement, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

It still needs the approval of a federal judge.

Under the terms, Sakuma would pay the money to more than 1,200 migrant and seasonal workers who labored for the company from October 2010 to December 2013.

In addition, Sakuma would pay $344,000 to the lawyers who sued on their behalf.

Sakuma also said it would change business practices, agreeing to track and record all hours worked, to clock workers in within five minutes of their arrival, and to provide them 10 minute breaks for every four hours worked.

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