Smithfield Settles With 1,500 Workers Over Donning, Doffing

By Melissa Lipman (July 19, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT) -- Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. on Monday agreed to pay about 1,500 employees back wages to settle a pair of overtime suits from classes of North Carolina workers who claim they weren't paid for time spent donning and doffing equipment.

The settlement — which won approval from U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard — calls for all of the company's current and former hog process division line production workers to receive $11.11 for half of the weeks they worked during their individual claim periods. Based on earlier court rulings, there are about 1,541 opt-in plaintiffs with viable claims who will be able...

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