Smithfield Workers Seek Cert. In Donning, Doffing Suit

Law360, New York (August 11, 2009, 4:01 PM EDT) -- A group of employees at one of Smithfield Packing Co. Inc.'s pork processing plants is seeking conditional certification of a collective action alleging the company failed to pay its employees overtime wages for time spent donning, doffing and storing protective and sanitary equipment.

The plaintiffs' motion, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, seeks certification for a class that would include all current and former hourly nonexempt employees who have worked at Smithfield's Wilson, N.C. packing plant any time...
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