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Tyson Foods beset by another overtime lawsuit

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Roughly 600 workers at the Tyson Foods meat processing facility in Logansport have filed suit seeking compensation for time they spent preparing for shifts and cleaning up afterward. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of “donning and doffing” overtime suits against Tyson and others in the meatpacking industry in an ongoing legal debate over what constitutes “compensable” activities.

The workers seek pay for time they spent putting on safety equipment—such as arm and belly guards, plastic sheaths, gloves, chaps and helmets. They also say they’ve been shortchanged for time spent after shifts sharpening and cleaning knives.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Note: Anytime hourly workers are regularly required to perform activities off the clock, there’s a potential conflict with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. 

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