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Most meatpacking workers must don and doff protective gear before starting and ending their jobs. Over the past decade, there have been many class-action suits alleging that employers have not paid for donning and doffing time, or paid too little. Some of these cases resulted in significant back pay for workers.
Tyson Foods added donning and doffing time for 3,000 pork-processing workers in Storm Lake, Iowa, but they sued, alleging that Tyson's four minutes a day was not sufficient. The average time required for donning and doffing in a study of over 700 workers was 20 minutes. A jury agreed with the workers and awarded them almost $6 million.