Smithfield Workers Closer To Class Cert. In Wage Suit

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge on Friday recommended granting class and collective action certification to workers at a Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. bacon processing plant who claimed they weren’t paid for required activities performed before and after their shifts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Gates issued a 29-page memorandum and recommendation that said the plaintiffs had met all of the relevant requirements for class action certification on their North Carolina Wage and Hour Act claims, as well as the requirements for conditional certification under the Fair Labor...
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