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Keller Rohrback Investigates Possible Wage Violations for Farmworkers in California and Washington State

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If you are a farmworker in California or Washington State, you might be entitled to compensation for unpaid rest breaks under California or Washington law.

The California Department of Industrial Relations Industrial Welfare Commission requires that workers receive “ten (10) minutes [ ] rest time per four (4) hours or a major fraction thereof…Authorized rest period time shall be counted as hours worked for which there shall be no deduction from wages.”

Similarly, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries administrative policy on Meal and Rest Periods states that “employees shall be allowed a rest period of not less than ten minutes on the employer’s time in each four hours of working time.” The policy further states that “the term ‘on the employer’s time’ is considered to mean that the employer is responsible for paying the employee for the time spent on a rest period.”

If you are a farmworker in California or Washington, and you believe you are not being properly compensated by your employer for rest breaks, meal breaks, training, travel time to different work sites, or cleanup work, you may have a claim under California or Washington law.

The Employment Law attorneys at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers.  If you are a farmworker in California or Washington who has been denied your rightful rest periods or who has not been compensated for the rest periods you have taken or other wages you believe you have earned, please contact attorneys Alison Gaffney (habla español) or Kash Karmand to learn more about your rights. Call 888.684.6562 or email

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