Cargill Workers Score Deal In Don, Doff Actions

By Mike Cherney (January 28, 2011, 12:33 PM EST) -- Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has settled two collective actions brought by meat processing workers who alleged they were not paid for donning and doffing protective gear.

Judge John A. Jarvey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa signed off on the settlement Thursday. Lawyers for the plaintiffs will receive $345,000 in attorneys' fees and costs, while the two class representatives will get a $2,000 incentive award.

Representatives for the parties, however, declined to give the full value of the settlement, citing a confidentiality agreement. Several thousand workers are eligible to receive compensation under the deal, but not...

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