The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in Athens has granted preliminary class certification to a group of quail processors at Quail International in Greensboro. Hattie Daniels, Jackie Woods and Andrea Weaver claim the company forces processors to work off the clock and through breaks in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Workers routinely perform without pay such tasks as putting on and taking off gear and washing utensils, the lawsuit contends.
The company moved for summary judgment on the grounds that its processors are not all similarly situated because they work in four divisions, each requiring different skills: the kill room, evisceration room, deboning room and packing room.
The judge sent the case to trial.