Meatpacker Settlement Awaits Judge's Approval

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A settlement agreement in a lawsuit brought by workers against the Creekstone Farms slaughterhouse in Arkansas City is awaiting approval by the federal judge overseeing the class action litigation.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will decide whether to approve a settlement reached in August. A joint request by the parties that included details of the deal was filed earlier this month.

Workers alleged Creekstone wasn't paying them for all the time they worked. Creekstone said it paid for all time worked, including overtime.

Under the proposed $195,000 settlement, about $110,000 would be split among the 144 class members. The amount paid each worker would be based on how often the employee worked during the three-year claim period.

Most of the rest of the settlement would go to workers' attorneys.

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