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Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 14-1146

In a putative employment class action brought by meat processors, alleging that the donning and doffing of safety gear were integral and indispensable to their hazardous work and that employer's policy not to pay for those activities denied them overtime compensation required by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and violated Iowa wage law, the Eight Circuit's affirmation of the District Court's judgment in worker's favor is affirmed where District Court did not err in certifying and maintaining the class because common questions, such as whether donning and doffing protective gear was compensable under the FLSA, were susceptible to classwide resolution even if not all of the workers wore the same gear.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2016/03/22

Judges

  • KENNEDY

Court

  • United States Supreme Court

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