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Massachusetts' Highest Court Rules Workers At Bean Sprout Factory Owed Overtime

old Suffok Co Courthouse in downtown Boston

A recent ruling from the highest court in Massachusetts is being hailed as an important victory for workers’ rights.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said workers at a Franklin County bean sprout processing plant, who sometimes work up to 70 hours per week, are entitled to overtime pay. 

Chang & Sons Farm in Whately had claimed an overtime exception for the employees.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bill Newman, director of the western regional office of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

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