Lawsuit Filed Against Meat Processor 22 Apr 13

The employees of a meat-processing plant in St. James have filed a lawsuit against the company over allegations they were not paid for all the hours they worked.

The complaint says that workers at Armour Eckrich Meats were paid hourly and required to clock in and out at the end of every shift. But they claim they go unpaid for at least 15 minutes each day as they put on or take off protective gear or stand in line to clock in.

Attorneys say that violates parts of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act.

Armour Eckrich had no comment on the lawsuit.

Similar suits have been filed by workers at other area plants in recent years as well, including the Del Monte plant in Sleepy Eye, where nearly a hundred workers received a settlement last year.