Lawsuit Against Local Company 20 Apr 13

The employees of a meat-processing plant in St. James have filed a lawsuit against the company over allegations they weren’t paid for all the hours they worked. The complaint says that workers at Armor 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 this violates parts of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act. Armor Eckrich has 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.