Tyson Foods On Hook For $5M In Don-Doff Class Action

Law360, New York (October 2, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT) -- A Nebraska federal judge ordered Tyson Foods Inc. to cough up nearly $5 million Wednesday in a donning and doffing class action brought on behalf of beef processing plant workers, calling Tyson's damages proposal an attempt to dodge its obligations to pay employees for actual time worked.

Current and former workers at Tyson's Dakota City, Neb., facility, however, are only in line for $3.3 million awarded under the Fair Labor Standards Act because punitive damages aren't allowed under the Nebraska constitution, according to U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon's memorandum and order. 

That means in addition to the $3,307,191.20 FLSA judgment for...

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