Labor Law and Poultry Processing Plant

The Seventh Circuit released a recent opinion on a labor law issue at a poultry processing plant.  In Mitchell v. JCG Industries, employees of a poultry processing plant sued for payment for time spent “doffing” before and after lunch breaks.  Employees in the poultry plant are required to wear protective gear and uniforms.  The employees claimed the process of robing and de-robing for breaks was taking 10-15 additional minutes of time for which they should be paid.  The employer processing plant claimed the process took only 2-3 minutes.

Out of curiosity, Judge Posner ordered the poultry plant protective clothing and had three court staff go through the process.

In the end, the court found for the employer poultry plant.  Apparently the court staff only took about three minutes to don the protective gear.

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