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Sumas farm faces potential class-action lawsuit, L&I investigation finds some violations

Update 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1: Washington state Department of Labor and Industries announced that Sarbanand Farms was not at fault in the death of a temporary farmworker this summer, but did fine them for meal and rest break violations, as reported by The Bellingham Herald. The farm is facing nearly $150,000 in fines – about half from the Whatcom County District Court, and the rest from L&I, which is the largest penalty ever assessed by the agency for these violations, according to the press release. In response, Community to Community Development said they were disappointed with the findings, which they feel do not represent the reality of working conditions. See their full Facebook post at the bottom of the story.

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