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Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC Employees Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP and Sunde, Olson, Kircher & Zender, PLC Win Conditional Class Certification in Donning and Doffing Case

On January 8, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota conditionally certified a class of current and former Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC (“Armour”) employees from Armour’s St. James plant who allege that Armour failed to pay them for all work performed prior to and following their shifts and during their meal breaks. 

The Court rejected Armour’s argument that the scope of the class was too broad, finding that Plaintiffs established that all hourly employees required to wear protective or sanitary gear were sufficiently similarly situated for conditional certification.  The Court also noted that Armour has provided no support for limiting the scope of the conditionally certified claims to time spent donning and doffing.

All of the employees included in the Court’s conditional certification will be receiving notice and an opportunity to join this suit.  A notice will also be posed in the St. James plant.

“Armour Foods employees in St. James work hard.  They deserve to be paid for all their work,” said David E. Schlesinger, counsel for Plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs are represented by James H. Kaster and David E. Schlesinger of Nichols Kaster, PLLP and Steven R. Sunde of Sunde, Olson, Kircher & Zender, PLC.  The case is captioned Knaak, et al. v. Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC, Court File No. 13-cv-829-JRT-JJK (D. Minn. 2013).

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