A Nebraska magistrate judge on Monday advised the court to deny
Farmland Foods Inc.'s bid for decertification of a collective
action accusing the meat packer of stiffing workers on don and doff
pay, saying that the employees are similarly situated enough to
In a recommendation to the Nebraska district court, U.S.
Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken rejected Farmland's arguments
that its hog processing plant workers faced varying on-the-job
experiences that made collective action impractical.
"The evidence shows the plaintiffs are employed at the same
location, advance similar claims, seek substantially the same form
of relief and have similar circumstances of employment," Judge
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