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Tyson to Pay $5 million in Donning and Doffing Case

04 October 2013

US - A federal judge in Nebraska has ordered Tyson Foods Inc. to pay nearly $5 million in a donning and doffing class action brought on behalf of beef processing plant workers.

According to Law 360 the judge said Tyson’s damages proposal was an attempt to dodge its obligations to pay employees for actual time worked by not paying workers for the time it takes them to change their clothes before and after shifts.

Current and former workers at Tyson's processing plant in Dakota City, Nebraska, however, are only expected to receive $3.3 million awarded under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

A US district court judge said that this is because punitive damages are not allowed under the Nebraska constitution.

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