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Wisconsin Judge Orders Hormel to Pay Up in Unpaid Overtime Class Action


(ABC News) — A Wisconsin judge has ordered Hormel to pay $195,087 to 330 employees at its Beloit plant.

The class action lawsuit was filed by workers for unpaid time spent changing into and out of uniforms, washing their hands and walking to and from work stations.

The mandatory uniforms are provided by Hormel and not allowed to leave the premises of the plant. Workers also say they were forced to use unpaid meal breaks to change into and out of the uniforms, not leaving them time to be allowed to leave the facility as required by state law.

Attorneys for the workers union has until January 21, 2014 to file a plan to distribute funds.

You can view the new story on this case here.

The Chicago class action and employment law lawyers at the Chicago Overtime Law Center are investigating unpaid overtime claims by large corporations such as Hormel and Swift for misclassifying employees as managers or assistant managers, forcing employees to work off the clock at business, failing to share all tips, erasing or altering time sheets or time records, pressuring workers not to report or record overtime, and otherwise failing to pay workers for overtime and other wages. If you are the victim these wage theft practices call us at (312) 869-4095 or contact us online.

The Chicago class action attorneys at the Chicago Overtime Law Center have three decades of experience fighting to help employees who are victims of wage, overtime and tip theft by their employers. We have a team of Chicago unpaid overtime lawyers who concentrate on prosecuting state and nationwide class action lawsuits. Our attorneys work out of Chicago and Oak Brook offices and pursue claims for workers all over the Chicago area including Racine, Rockford, and Janesville. We protect unpaid workers who haven’t received overtime throughout the Chicago area including in DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook Counties.

Our Rolling Meadows and Kenosha overtime lawyers are intimately familiar with the issues that arise during wage claim litigation, and we know the laws that govern overtime cases well. Many employers misclassify employees as being exempt from overtime laws and pay workers salaries instead of hourly wages in order to avoid paying them overtime. Some employers mistakenly classify employees as exempt and others intentionally do so in order to circumvent the law. In either case, workers do not receive the wages they should, and a lawsuit may be the only way to recover their earned wages.

The Chicago Overtime Law Center is based in Chicago, and represents clients throughout the country who have not been paid for the overtime hours that they worked. If you believe that you are owed overtime wages, contact one of our Chicago class action attorneys by phone at (312) 869-4095 or through our online form.