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Cargill Settles Wage Lawsuit

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In a settlement approved in U.S. District Court in Omaha, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., has settled a class action lawsuit and agreed to pay eligible current and past workers $4 to $6 for each week since April 2006 they were denied extra pay. Cargill will also pay $2,000 to the two former employees whose lawsuits against Cargill were conjoined. The company will also pay $822,000 to workers attorneys.

The lawsuit was brought  by  employees at the Schuyler meatpacking plant who were not paid for time spent preparing for  and cleaning up after their shifts.

The employees who brought the lawsuit said that a significant amount of time was spent performing duties like dressing in protective gear, sanitizing tools and getting to and from their work stations, and they were not paid for it. The lawsuit said that under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the company is required to pay for prep and clean up time.

Though Cargill agreed to the settlement, they denied any wrongdoing and said that the union contract specifically excluded that time from pay, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek. disclaimer: This article: Cargill Settles Wage Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 8:11 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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