Tyson Hit with Donning and Doffing OT Suit
The suit, which seeks class-action status to represent the approximately 2,000 employees at Tyson’s Logansport, Indiana, pork packing plant, alleges the company violated the federalFair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and a similar state statute.A news release from the two law firms representing the workers , Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. and the Karmel Law Firm, said more than 600 Tyson employees have joined the suit.
According to the complaint, the Tyson workers are not properly paid for:
- donning, doffing, cleaning, and sterilizing safety equipment including gear designed to keep workers from cutting themselves and contaminating the meet with human blood;
- obtaining supplies, tools, and equipment;
- preparing and maintaining tools and equipment;
- attending safety and other meetings; and
- performing production activities.
Among the equipment-related activities the suit claims the Tyson workers must perform without proper compensation are sharpening or grinding knives or “working the steels” – the act of sanding knife sharpeners to make certain they work properly.
The lawsuit is available here .
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