Nebraska Jury Says Tyson Foods Didn't Underpay Workers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal jury has decided Tyson Foods hasn't been underpaying workers at its Lexington, Neb., plant, but the company still faces similar lawsuits related to plants in Dakota City and Madison.

The workers who sued argued that Tyson should pay them for time they spend putting on uniforms and safety gear, sanitizing equipment, sharpening knives and other duties. They say they're only paid for their time on the assembly line.

Similar lawsuits have been filed against other meatpacking companies.

The jury reached its decision Thursday.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said Friday the Springdale, Ark., company appreciates the verdict. He says the company strives to comply with labor laws and believes it is paying workers appropriately.

An attorney for the workers didn't immediately respond to a message Friday.

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