Tyson Foods Inc. has settled a decade-long dispute by agreeing to pay its workers for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing. Federal officials have insisted that meat and poultry processors pay employees for all hours worked. In a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Tyson also agreed to pay $500,000 in overtime back wages to nearly 3,000 workers at its Blountsville, Alabama, plant.

The Labor Department reached a similar agreement earlier this year with poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. It had accused both companies of violating federal law by not paying workers for all work-related tasks. The consent decree affects all of Tyson’s U.S. workers. The company has 117,000 workers worldwide.

Source: Associated Press

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