Covidien's $2.5M Wage-And-Hour Settlement Gets Judge's OK

By Dan Prochilo (February 4, 2014, 2:43 PM EST) -- A California federal judge granted preliminary approval Friday to a $2.5 million settlement of a proposed class action alleging health care products company Covidien LP pressured workers not to take breaks and committed other state law wage-and-hour violations.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said the proposed agreement, which would settle the claims of about 975 workers at the Ireland-based company's California sites, represented 9.1 percent of the total value of the action and was fair given the risks facing the employees if the proceedings dragged on.

"Here, [lead plaintiff Van Ba Ma] seems to have a fairly strong case, but...

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