Judge OKs Settlement In Kansas Meatpacker Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A federal judge has found that a proposed class-action settlement in a lawsuit by employees of a Kansas meatpacker is fair.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren held a fairness hearing Monday on the motion for approval of the settlement with Creekstone Farms of Arkansas City. A court notation indicated final orders would be issued Tuesday.

The lawsuit alleged that Creekstone failed to pay employees for all of the time they worked.

The proposed $195,000 settlement calls for $110,000 to be divided among the 144 class members, based on the overtime weeks each of them worked during a three-year period. Most of the rest of the money would go to the employees' attorneys.

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