Citrus Farm Has Safe Harbor From Wage Suit, Judge Finds

Law360 (October 7, 2020, 6:27 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge tossed a proposed class action accusing a citrus farm of unlawfully not paying workers for downtime, finding that the farm satisfied the safe harbor provision in a state law that protects employers from wage suits.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley said Tuesday that Wonderful Citrus Packing LLC, formerly known as Paramount Citrus Packing LLC, made necessary back payments to workers who were only being paid for harvesting-related tasks between 2013 and 2015, after a California law went into effect in 2016 requiring employers to pay employees at least minimum wage for nonproductive time and rest breaks....

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