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Judge grants class action status in Kraft pay case

May 12, 2008
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Employees of Kraft Foods have been given class action status for their lawsuit seeking pay for time spent putting on and taking off safety equipment, the Associated Press reported recently.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb says current and former hourly employees who worked at the company''s Oscar Mayer meat processing plant in Madison since May 2004 can take part.

Crabb says the group includes at least 1,000 workers.

The workers claim the company is breaking the law by refusing to pay them for time spent donning and doffing equipment like protective boots, hard hats and ear muffs. Workers must go to the plant''s third floor before and after shifts to do so.

The company argues those activities do not qualify for pay and is fighting the lawsuit.
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