Tyson, plant work­ers set­tle suit for $5.8M

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Nathan Owens

Tyson Foods Inc. has set­tled a 10-year-old clas­s­ac­tion law­suit for $5.8 mil­lion in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Ac­cord­ing to a Sioux City Jour­nal ar­ti­cle, Tyson and the work­ers at the Storm Lake pork plant agreed that a third-party ad­min­is­tra­tor would dis­burse pay­ments to more than 3,900 cur­rent and for­mer work­ers in­cluded in the suit.

The case be­gan in 2007, when Storm Lake plant em­ploy­ees sued to col­lect back pay for time spent putting on and tak­ing off pro­tec­tive work clothes.

In March 2016, the Supreme Court re­jected Tyson’s ar­gu­ments about lim­its on what work­ers could or could not chal­lenge re­gard­ing work­place is­sues. Com­pany lawyers sought a new trial, but U.S. District Judge John Jar­vey de­nied Tyson’s re­quest in Oc­to­ber.

A time­line for dis­tri­bu­tion of the set­tle­ment hasn’t been an­nounced.

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