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State Supreme Court to hear case involving farmworkers

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case this spring that could impact farmers and farmworkers across the state.

The court is being asked to decide whether farmers are required to pay farmworkers - who earn wages based on how much they pick - additional money for rest breaks.

Farmworkers are guaranteed to earn the state's minimum wage, but fast harvesters can earn quite a bit more.

A case involves a class-action lawsuit filed by farmworkers Ana Lopez Demetrio and Francisco Eugenio Paz against Sakuma Brothers Farms, a berry farm in Burlington, Washington.

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