Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $32 million to settle a long-running dispute over whether it should compensate poultry plant workers for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing. In a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga., Tyson agreed to make payments averaging around $1,000 per worker to about 17,000 current and former employees around the country. This case has been in court for 12 years.
The workers accused Tyson of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay them for time spent putting on and taking off gear they were required to wear to protect themselves and the poultry. The union, which helped bring the lawsuit, said that current and former Tyson workers would receive payments averaging about $1,000. A federal district judge in Georgia has approved the settlement.
Workers who sued the Springdale, Ark.-based company claimed meatpacking and food processing employees were deprived of thousands of dollars in lost pay for time they spent donning and doffing safety gear. Tyson settled a similar dispute last year with the Labor Department by agreeing to change its compensation policy. The company has 117,000 workers worldwide. This settlement was announced by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
While we are not involved in this particular case involving Tyson Foods, lawyers in our firm routinely pursue class action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act to recover unpaid overtime wages.
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Source: Huffington Post