Employees at the Oscar Mayer meat processing plant in Davenport, Iowa have filed a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for time they spend putting on and taking off their safety equipment.
The lawsuit claims employees are not paid while they don and doff uniforms, safety footwear, hairnets, glasses and other equipment before and after their shifts in violation of the law.
Four current employees are the plaintiffs in the case. Their attorneys are seeking to represent a class of 1,750 employees at the plant, which processes pork, beef and poultry.
The lawsuit names Oscar Mayer's parent company, Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Inc.
Kraft spokeswoman Rachel Larsen says the company believes it is in full compliance with state and federal law.