When California farm workers sue over work conditions, workers lose part of farm


California farm worker advocates are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit they filed last week that seeks to overturn the state’s controversial work rules, which allow workers to take off at the beginning of the day.

The state Labor Department on Wednesday filed a motion seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that the state Labor Commission “does not have jurisdiction to consider the claims in this case.”

The labor complaint argues that California’s work rules are a violation of workers’ right to organize, because they prevent them from unionizing, requiring them to work longer hours or working in dangerous conditions.

The labor commission has not yet responded to the state complaint.