Safety Gear Isn't 'Clothes' Under FLSA, Unions Tell High Court

Law360, New York (May 23, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit adopted an overly broad view of what constitutes “clothes” under the Fair Labor Standards Act that erroneously included safety equipment when it nixed a putative donning-and-doffing collective action brought by U.S. Steel workers, the AFL-CIO told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

The AFL-CIO and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union filed an amicus brief urging the nation's highest court to side with a group of around 800 current and former U.S. Steel workers who brought a putative collective action claiming...
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