"My clients are extremely happy that this matter has been resolved so they can finally get the wages they have been owed for years," says Mr. Hamilton. "It is rare for the Supreme Court to agree with class-action plaintiffs, which demonstrates the strength of these workers' claims. What's fair is fair, and fairness is exactly what this ruling will accomplish."
The workers sued because they were not paid for the time they spent putting on and taking off hard hats, work boots, aprons, gloves, earplugs and other protective gear at the Tyson plant in Storm Lake, Iowa. The same workers also were not compensated for the time they spent traveling to and from their workstations in the massive plant.
During the original trial, the plaintiffs relied on averages and statistical models to calculate the time the employees spent changing clothes and getting to and from their workstations. Tyson argued that the methodology was flawed because some workers spent more time than others completing the off-the-clock tasks.
In a 6-2 opinion issued March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Tyson's arguments, finding that the statistical model used by Mr. Hamilton was permissible evidence and that the workers essentially had no other means to calculate their unpaid time since Tyson failed to keep adequate records. The Supreme Court's opinion was authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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