The U.S. Labor Department has filed a lawsuit against Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation in Dallas in an effort to recover more than $3 million the agency claims the company owes to more than 500 former and current employees.
The Labor Department claims that Pilgrim’s Pride failed to pay employees for the time they spent putting on and taking off protective clothing before the start and after the end of their shifts. The case stems from an investigation by Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which revealed problems with record-keeping, as well as the alleged underpayment for donning and doffing their clothing.
Final note: The Labor Department is getting stringent about record-keeping. Remember, you have the obligation to track all time worked—and to keep solid records to back up those hours. Don’t wait until a Wage and Hour investigator shows up, demanding to see those records.