Pilgrim’s Pride misclassified workers, denied OT: lawsuit


A Georgia woman has filed a lawsuit against Pilgrim’s Pride alleging the processor misclassified workers and denied overtime pay.

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Colorado, which is where the company is headquartered, this week.

Pilgrim’s worker Bennetta Green alleges she and others worked on the production line, but were paid a salary — unlike other production line workers, who are paid an hourly wage. Green also alleges she often worked more than 40 hours a week, and had a work schedule that typically encompassed approximately 72 hours of work, according to court documents.

However, because Green and other workers were paid a salary, she alleges they were not allowed overtime pay when they “routinely” worked more than 40 hours a week.

Green and her legal representation are seeking class action status to represent other similarly situated.