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Housing: Your Rights as a Farm Worker

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line LSC Funded
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Farm Worker housing or camps provided by an employer must meet standards set by state and federal law. This short resources outlines some of those rights.

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What type of housing does my employer need to provide?

Farm Worker housing or camps provided by an employer must meet standards set by state and federal law.  Labor camps must be inspected and certified before workers move in.  Inspection certificates should be posted where you can read them.

Camps must have:

  • Adequate toilet facilities (one per fifteen residents)

  • safe water for drinking, bathing and laundry

  • proper heating equipment for cold weather

  • one shower with cold and hot running water for every ten persons

  • at least 50 square feet of space per person in the sleeping area

  • proper doors, screens and windows

  • cooking and food storage facilities

  • no rats or mice around

  • one stove for each ten persons

  • garbage disposal

There are many other important housing standards.

Should I call legal services for help?

If an employer houses you in dirty, dangerous, or inadequate camps by an employer, call Columbia Legal Services or the Northwest Justice Project Farm Worker Unit.

Labor camp housing is your home.  You have a right to have visitors at your camp.  If visitors are denied entry to see you, contact Columbia Legal Services or the Northwest Justice Project Farm Worker Unit.

If an employer providing housing threatens to evict you, you may need legal help.  No one can physically force you to leave your home or labor camp without a signed order from a judge.  Before you can be taken to court for eviction, you have a right to reasonable notice of when you will be expected to move. An employer must have a court order to make you leave.  You have a right to a court hearing before eviction.  Call the Northwest Justice Project Farm Worker Unit or Columbia Legal Services with eviction questions.

Northwest Justice Project, Farm Worker Unit:

Yakima Office:
311 N. 4th Street, Suite 201
Yakima, WA  98901
1-888-201-1018 (toll-free)
(509) 574-4234

Wenatchee Office:
300 Okanogan Avenue, Suite 3-A
Wenatchee, WA  98801
1-888-201-1021
(509) 664-5101

 

Columbia Legal Services:

Yakima Office:
600  Larson Building
6 South Second Street
Yakima, WA  98901
1-800-631-1323
(509) 575-5593

Wenatchee Office:
300 Okanogan Avenue
Suite 2-A
Wenatchee, WA  98801
1-800-572-9615
(509) 662-9681

Tri-Cities Office:
418 N. Kellogg Street
Suite "F"
Kennewick, WA  99336
1-888-201-9735
(509) 374-9855

 

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This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities.  It isn't intended as a substitute for specific legal advice. 
This information is current as of October 2014.

© 2014 Northwest Justice Project — 1-888-201-1014

(Permission for copying and distribution granted to the Alliance for Equal Justice and to individuals for
non-commercial use only.)

Last Review and Update: Oct 31, 2014
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