National Beef Workers Win Class Cert. In Unpaid Wage Suit
By Scott Flaherty
Law360, New York (February 1, 2013, 1:49 PM ET) -- A Kansas federal judge on Thursday granted class status to slaughterhouse workers who allege that National Beef Packing Co. LLC denied them pay for several off-the-clock work duties, ruling that the employees had met the standard to pursue their claims collectively.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil approved a motion for conditional class certification filed by named plaintiffs Valente Sandoval Barbosa and Carolina Gaytan, who worked as hourly employees at a National Beef plant in Liberal, Kan., and claim they were not fully paid for all...