It’s been estimated that as many as 1,500 former employees of a washer and dryer plant in Webster City, Iowa, which has been shut down, are expected to join a class-action lawsuit seeking back pay for time spent putting on protective equipment before their shifts. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett has ordered appliance-maker AB Electrolux to produce names and addresses of hourly production workers at the plant between December 2008 and December 2011 so they can be notified of their right to join the case. It was reported that approximately 1,000 workers have already expressed an interest. Workers say the company required employees to arrive 15 minutes before their shifts to put on equipment such as armguards and gloves, but without pay. The plant was closed last March after its work was moved to Mexico.
Source: Claims Journal
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