Massive Award Granted For Meatpacker Violations of FLSA and State Wage Protection Act.

A jury awarded $500,000 in actual damages and $3.3 million in attorney fees for the defendant's underpaying employees for time spent donning and doffing protective clothing before and after work shifts.  The defendant had claimed on appeal that the plaintiffs had not established unpaid time on a class-wide basis.  However, the appellate court disagreed.  The court also upheld the award of attorney fees.  Garcia, et al. v. Tyson Foods, Inc., No. 12-3346, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 15917 (10th Cir. Aug. 19, 2014).