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Historic Overtime Bill for Agriculture Workers Provides a Chance at Equal Labor Laws

by Chamidae Ford


Washington State has the opportunity to become the second state to provide agriculture workers with overtime compensation.

Currently, farmworkers do not receive overtime pay. In 1938, agriculture workers were specifically excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act and many researchers have noted that New Deal-era legislation was crafted to block Black and other POC agricultural workers from receiving overtime pay.

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