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...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Attached Documents

Related Sections

Case Information

Case Title

Subscribers Only

Case Number

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Nature of Suit

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Date Filed

Subscribers Only

Law Firms


Government Agencies

Judge Analytics

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!