Ex-Smithfield Workers Seek To Certify FLSA Class

Law360, New York (June 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A group of former hourly workers from the packaging division of pork processor Smithfield Foods Inc. is seeking conditional certification of a collective action accusing the company of failing to pay proper overtime.

In a motion filed Monday, plaintiffs who worked for Smithfield Packing Co. Inc.'s pork processing plant in Kinston, N.C., asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to certify the action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit, filed in October 2008, accuses Smithfield of failing to pay...
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