Jury Sides With Tyson Workers In FLSA Class Action

Law360, New York (March 17, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT) -- A jury in Kansas awarded more than $500,000 to a class of Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking workers Wednesday after finding the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by refusing to pay employees for time spent donning and doffing protective gear.

After hearing evidence for seven days, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas found that Tyson Foods and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. had violated both the FLSA and the Kansas Wage Payment Act.

The jury concluded that FLSA violation...
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