Thursday, January 17, 2008

employment - wages - FLSA - donning and doffing

Lugo v. Farmer's Pride, Inc. - ED Pa. - January 14, 2008

The court denied defendant's 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiffs' claims for wages for time donning and doffing work clothing, holding that it would be premature to rule on such mixed questions of law and fact without further development of the record.

The issue is whether the donning and doffing is "integral and indispensable " to employee's work and thus compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC sec. 201 et seq., the Portal-to-Portal Act, 29 USC 254(a), and IBP, Inc. v. Alvarez, 546 U.S. 21 (2005) and its progeny.