US Supreme Court Hears Tyson SL Case Appeal

November 11, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing Tyson Foods’ appeal of a 5.8-million dollar class-action judgment awarded to more than three-thousand workers at the Tyson Storm Lake pork plant.

The case was brought against Tyson after claims from the workers concerning time spent putting on and taking off protective work clothes and equipment and walking to and from the production line. The suit was initially filed in 2007, with a federal court jury awarding nearly 5.8-million dollars in damages.

Tyson appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals… which ruled last year in favor of the employees. It’s now appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court… arguing the damages should be been assessed individually for each plaintiff… not a class-action judgment.

Tuesday, the Justices indicated they would likely sustain the judgment against Tyson… and would not embrace Tyson’s argument to use the case to impose new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues. A decision on the case is expected by next spring.