Plant Workers Get OK To Sue For Unpaid Suiting Up

Law360, New York (May 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A food processing company that failed to pay its workforce for the time taken to don uniforms got a dressing down Tuesday from a federal judge, who rejected its motion to summarily dismiss the case.

Minnesota district judge Patricia Schiltz ruled Tuesday that Kerry Inc. had presented no evidence that its refusal to compensate for the minutes workers spent dressing before a shift was a longstanding and accepted practice.

Three employees sued the company on behalf of all union workers at Kerry’s Albert Lea, Minn. plant...
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