Judge: Farmland should pay for donning, doffing

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A federal judge ruled May 17 that workers at a Farmland Foods Inc. pork-processing plant in Milan, Mo., should be paid for time spent changing into and out of their uniforms. Farmland Foods is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc.

US District Judge Fernando Gaitan, Jr., in a summary judgment, said a Supreme Court ruling clearly required companies to pay workers for donning and doffing activities. The class-action case, Ingersoll et al v. Farmland Foods Inc., was filed April 29, 2010. The plaintiffs are a group of current production and support workers employed at the Farmland Foods Milan plant. The class representatives in the case are Jacob Ingersoll, Joshua Tiedemann, Anthony Arzola and Consuelo Arzola.
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By German Palacios 5/22/2013 4:24:16 PM
In Europe and South America (socialist countries from an american point of view), the workers are protected by insurance from the time they leave the house to the job and back. Of course all activities needed to do the job (dressing up is one) are paid.