Leaner Class OK'd In Smithfield Don, Doff Action

Law360, New York (February 26, 2010, 12:43 PM EST) -- A federal judge has agreed to cut certain job categories from a collective action accusing Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. of failing to pay overtime wages to hog processing line production employees for time spent donning and doffing gear.

Senior Judge Malcolm J. Howard of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Thursday adopted a magistrate judge’s recommendation approving a joint bid by the plaintiffs and the food processing company to remove 15 job categories, including box packers, scale-scanner operators, smokehouse workers...
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