Class In Smithfield OT Suit Should Be Trimmed: Judge

Law360, New York (January 26, 2010, 6:58 PM EST) -- A magistrate judge has held that certain job categories should be excluded from a collective action alleging that Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. owes overtime compensation to current and former hog processing line production workers for time spent donning and doffing gear.

Magistrate Judge James E. Gates recommended on Monday that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina approve a joint stipulation by the plaintiffs and the food processing company to remove 15 job categories, including box packers, scale-scanner operators, smokehouse workers and...
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