Several employees at the Del Monte Foods Sleepy Eye canning plant won a law suit Oct. 4 in federal court saying they were denied wages for time spent putting on and taking off required safety gear.
According to court documents, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) certified that all current and former, non-exempt, non-supervisory employees of Del Monte Corporation who work or have worked for Del Monte Corporation at its plant in Sleepy Eye between April 28, 2011 to the present, who were required to put on mandatory work gear at the beginning of their shifts and take off gear at the end of their shifts are entitled to compensation.
Plaintiffs Yendi Trevino, Vanessa Quintanilla, Lydia Diaz, Claudia Diaz, Maria Diaz and 94 other members returned claim forms accepted as valid. Their claims represent over 45 percent of the dollar amount available for distribution. Only one individual has sought to exclude themselves from the suit.
Attorney’s representing the employees were awarded $104,679 and reimbursement of litigation expenses and costs in the amount of $12,157. The plaintiffs named were awarded incentive payments of $1,000 each, according to court documents.