Kansas Slaughterhouse Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

August 28, 2012

A class-action lawsuit by workers at a south-central Kansas slaughterhouse has been settled in mediation.

No details of the settlement in the case against Creekstone Farms Premium Beef are included in a notice filed Thursday in court.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an estimated 700 workers at the Arkansas City City packing plant over so-called “gang time” compensation. The practice pays employees only when product is moving, plus 10 minutes for putting on and removing protective gear.

The workers also claimed the company wasn’t paying for all the time they worked. Creekstone contended it paid employees for all time worked, including overtime.

The litigation had been granted conditional class-action status in February.

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