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Grande Cheese Company

Venechuk v. Grande Cheese Company

Staff: Lisa Burtch, Wade Underwood
Attorneys: Rachhana T. Srey

In January 24, 2013, we filed a Complaint on behalf of employees working in production, operation, distribution, maintenance or other similar positions against Grande Cheese Company. The lawsuit seeks compensation for unpaid wages related to violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Wisconsin state law. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the Grande Cheese Company failed to compensate its hourly workers for the time they spend or have spent putting on (“donning”) and taking off (“doffing”) company required safety and/or sanitation gear, including, but not limited to: sanitary shirt and pants, rubber boots, ear plugs, bump cap, rubber gloves and safety glasses. 

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Case Status Updates
On November 20, 2013, the Court granted the Motion for Final Approval of Settlement Agreement.  The Court found that the notice that was provided to all the FLSA Collective and Rule 23 Class members constituted the best notice practicable and that the settlement was fair, reasonable, and ... Read More »
On September 24, 2013, a Notice of Settlement was sent to all eligible past and present Grande Cheese Company employees. Since then, 399 people have returned Consent Forms. Those who return their Consent Form will receive a larger settlement check than those who do not respond. Anyone who ... Read More »
On September 24, 2013, a Notice of Settlement was sent to all eligible past and present Grande Cheese Company employees. Since then, 297 people have returned Consent Forms. Those who return their Consent Form will receive a larger settlement check than those who do not respond. Anyone who ... Read More »
On September 24, 2013, a Notice of Settlement was sent to all eligible past and present Grande Cheese Company employees. Since then, 149 people have returned Consent Forms. Those who return their Consent Form will receive a larger settlement check than those who do not respond. Anyone who ... Read More »
On September 20, 2013, the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin approved notice being sent to past and present employees of Grande Cheese Company (“Grande Cheese”) regarding a settlement that was reached between Grande Cheese ... Read More »
Madison, WI (PRWEB) On January 24, 2013, a Fair Labor Standards Act Complaint was filed in federal court by a former employee against Grande Cheese Company. The Complaint alleges that as an hourly employee the plaintiff was required to put on (“don”) and take off (“doff”) safety and/or ... Read More »

Am I Eligible?

All persons who were, or are, employed by Defendant as non-exempt hourly employees working in production, operations, distribution, maintenance, or other similar positions at any time since three years prior to the filing of this Complaint are included in this lawsuit who were not compensated for the time they spent donning and doffing required safety and/or sanitary gear.

How Do I Join This Case?

This case has settled and all hourly paid employees who have worked for Grande Cheese Company since March 29, 2010 will be receiving a Notice of Settlement via U.S. Mail in the near future.  After you get receive the notice, please send in the enclosed consent form if you would like to join the case. 

What Time Frame Is Covered?

There is a federal statute of limitations in this case that allows you to recover pay for overtime hours worked within two years of signing up for the lawsuit. If we can prove the company willfully violated the law, the statute of limitations may be extended to three years.  The Wisconsin state law claims are limited to two years.

Do I Have To Pay Anything?

You do not have to pay anything to our firm if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or a final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that settlement or final judgment.

How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?

Where the employer does not keep accurate time records, most courts permit the employee to make a good faith estimate of overtime hours. You do not need to have proof of the hours you worked and the court will generally accept a good faith estimate of your hours.

How Long Will This Case Take?

The length of this kind of lawsuit varies from case to case.  They typically last one to two years.

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What About Retaliation?

The law protects you from retaliation for asserting your rights, and if you suffer retaliation, you may be able to assert additional claims. If you currently work for Grande Cheese Company, and you feel you are the victim of retaliation for participating in this lawsuit, contact us immediately.

How Can I Help?

You can assist by spreading the word about this case. With each day that passes, eligible employees who have not made a claim for their compensation may be losing pay due to the statute of limitations. If you send us the name and/or contact information for your co-workers we can mail them information about this action.

We are looking for the following information:

  • Any documents or records relating to your claim that you were entitled to overtime or other wages you did not receive during your employment with Grande Cheese Company.
  • Anything that leads you to believe that Grande Cheese Company knew about the overtime laws.

You do not need to have any of the above-requested information to be eligible for this lawsuit.

If you have any information that may assist us with this case, please contact our clerk on the case, Wade Underwood, by email at  wunderwood@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 226.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about this case, feel free to contact the case clerk, Wade Underwood, at wunderwood@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 226. You can also review our case updates above.


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