live oak man files suit against pilgrim pride
There are 3 comments on the story from Dec 2, 2008, titled live oak man files suit against pilgrim pride. In it, reports that:A former employee at the local Pilgrim's Pride chicken processing plant has filed suit against the company, alleging unfair labor practices. In court papers filed Monday, Jonathan R. Lugo claims Pilgrims pride failed to pay time-and-a-half for overtime, as required by law, and forced employees at its Suwannee County plant to work off the clock without compensation. Lugo worked at the plant from about April 2007 until October 2008. He claims that he worked numerous weeks in excess of forty (40) hours a week, but did not receive one-and-a-half times his regular pay, as required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, Lugo charges that he and other workers were routinely expected to work without compensation. Employees were required to arrive before their shifts started in order to don sanitary protective suits, court papers claim. Workers were likewise required to stay after their shifts had ended, in order to remove and clean the protective clothing. Donning and removing the special gear, which workers were required to wear, was done off the clock, Lugo claims. The same routine applied during unpaid employee lunch breaks, he alleges. When asked for a response, Ray Atkinson, Director of Corporate Communications for Pilgrim's Pride, said he had not yet seen Lugos suit. "We haven't seen the complaint," he replied by email. Lugo is seeking damages for unpaid wages, as well as court costs and attorney's fees. He is also asking that other current and former employees of Pilgrim's be notified so that similar claims may be consolidated into a class action lawsuit. Lugo is represented by local attorney Andrew J. Decker IV.
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#1 Mar 2, 2009
Good luck to you. What I have read here is an industry standard operating proceedure. I believe there are loop holes in the employment standards that allow these types of companies Ag exemptions, that condones this business practice. The USDA FSIS create sanitation regulations for food safety. But no other branch of Govt. creates employment guidelines to protect employees from this type of employer abuse.
#2 Jul 6, 2012
Be advised, decker law firm is owned and managed by the biggest lire, crook, and thief in the attorney industry andrew j decker iii and he is teaching his young new attorneys to be just like himself. Be advised decker will be happy to take your hard earned money and then throw you to the wolves just like he handled my case. Do not vote for decker for judge.
#3 Nov 13, 2013
i went for interview 3 wks ago. every time i call mrs georgia says my application has not been processed yet.i dont see how ,when all the others,who went the same day started working there.even 2 guys that been recently realease from federal prison. how do i do something about this ?
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