Those who were in jobs that required the most equipment, such as mesh work clothes, could get $6 a week, while those who donned the minimum equipment could get $4, according to the settlement. Those who didn't need extra equipment to perform their jobs won't get a payment.
Former Cargill workers sued last year, saying hourly employees spend a substantial amount of time each day on work duties without getting paid. Those duties include dressing in protective gear, sanitizing tools, and walking to and from work stations.
The plaintiffs said in their filings that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires the company to pay for preparation and cleanup time.
Source: Associated Press, BusinessWeek