Farm Faces $150,000 Fine for Alleged Failure to Give Workers Breaks

Feb. 2, 2018, 12:48 AM

The world’s largest producer of fresh blueberries is facing fines of about $149,800 after the death of a foreign worker at a Munger Bros. LLC farm in Sumas, Wash., prompted an investigation revealing that farmworkers were allegedly deprived of or got late rest breaks and meal periods.

Three Washington state Department of Labor and Industries teams launched concurrent investigations last August after Honesto Silva Ibarra—a Mexican farmworker brought into the country to work specifically at the Munger farm under an H-2A visa—collapsed at the work site and later died at the hospital.

The teams probed ...

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