7th Circ. Upholds $2.2M FLSA Judgment Against Kraft

Law360, New York (August 2, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT) -- Upholding a $2.2 million judgment against Kraft Foods Global Inc., a federal appeals court has found that a Fair Labor Standards Act provision allowing unions and employers to agree to forgo pay for donning and doffing does not preempt state law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said Monday that a group of employees from Kraft's Oscar Mayer meat plant in Madison, Wis., are entitled to pay for time spent putting on and taking off their safety gear.

The ruling, which is the...
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