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I am sorry to hear this. I have to ask in which State you harvest the pears.
"Minimum wage does not apply for any individual if all the following requirements are met:
For example, someone (an adult or minor) who works less than 13 weeks per year harvesting berries during berry season, but does not normally work in an agricultural job at any other time, does not have to be paid minimum wage. Migrant farmworkers are not exempt."
Do you fit within the above description?
"Hours worked" means all hours during which the worker is authorized or required by the business to be on the premises or at a prescribed work place. This could include travel time, training and meeting time, wait time, on-call time, and time for putting on and taking off uniforms, and also may include meal periods.
If you are not paid by the bushel and are not otherwise exempt from the minimum wage law, then you should be getting paid for time spent waiting for a breakdown to be fixed or time that you are at the job waiting to be assigned a task.
The usual remedy is to file a wage complaint with DLI, see
I hope this information is helpful.