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U.S. Supreme Court upholds $5.8M judgment against Tyson Foods

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 22, affirmed a federal court’s decision to certify the claims of former and current employees at a Tyson Foods pork processing plant as a class action. They accused the company of not paying them for the time they spent putting on and checking their safety gear while at work.

The high court upheld a $5.8 million judgment against Tyson under the Fair Labor Standards Act and an Iowa wage statute.

David Frederick, the Tyson employees’ legal counsel, stated in an interview with Bloomberg the ruling is relevant because it establishes that representative proof is enough methodology to certify class action lawsuits, a point which wasn’t clear until after the court’s decision.

An employer’s maltreatment – in any known form – of his employees should not go unpunished as this treatment hinders the professional growth of an employee while also compromising his well-being. Call our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm in Austin, Texas by dialing (512) 330-0017 today to pursue legal action against responsible parties.

Conditions for automotive employees declined in past ten years

Workers in the automotive industry are earning less in September of 2015 than they were just ten years ago, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For instance, almost 40,000 employees of Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are on the brink of a permanent strike – a mass resignation – if their employer and the United Auto Workers union cannot agree on a new contract by Thursday, October 8.

Auto industry workers want their unions to negotiate new contracts that abolish the existing two-tiered pay structure. The current wage system creates a sort of class divide in which employees are doing the same type of work and being paid drastically different wages for it.

At The Melton Law Firm, our Austin attorneys understand the many nuanced hardships employees face in the modern working world. We make it our mission to protect the interests of individual employees from big businesses. Call our office at (512) 330-0017 today to discuss your situation with one of our employment attorneys today.

Texas Subway franchise sued for mandating payroll on prepaid debit cards

A Central Texas Subway franchise owner, Destiny Foods, currently faces a class action lawsuit filed by one of its employees, Jake Branson, for allegedly mandating employees to accept their paycheck via prepaid debit cards that accrue costly fees, FindLaw reported on May 25.

Branson said the franchise sent the employees a memo in April 2014 that told them that paper checks would on longer be issued, and employees would be paid on prepaid debit cards. According to Branson, he quickly realized that various activities involving the card charged him extra fees. Branson said Global Cash Card, the card vendor, charged a 50-cent fee to use the debit card at an automotive store and also charged him $1 to make a balance inquiry. A lawyer at the National Consumer Law Center asserted that employees should always have a choice regarding how they are paid.

Fortunately, there are legal protections put in place to ensure that employees get proper treatment at the workplace. If your employer in Austin mistreats you, our lawyers at the John Melton Law Firm may provide you with legal aid. Call our offices today at (512) 330-0017.

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