Smithfield Workers Win Class Cert. In Prep-Time Suit

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EST) -- A judge on Thursday certified a class of workers at a Missouri pork processing plant owned by a Smithfield Foods Inc. subsidiary who allege they weren't paid for the time they spent putting on and taking off safety gear, in violation of state wage laws.

U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. found the plaintiffs had met all the relevant requirements for class certification under Missouri’s Minimum Wage Law. He certified a class of all current and former kill, cut, maintenance and shipping employees paid hourly...
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