Farmland Workers' Safety Gear Not 'Clothing': Judge

Law360, New York (August 18, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has nixed Farmland Foods Inc.'s bid to toss a donning and doffing collective action, finding that personal safety gear worn by hourly workers at a Nebraska meat-processing plant wasn't mere clothing under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Chief Judge Joseph F. Bataillon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska on Monday dismissed Farmland's motion for partial summary judgment, filed in February by Allison D. Balus of Baird Holm LLP on behalf of the company.

The judge ruled that there was...
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