The Supreme Court considers whether to limit workers’ ability to bring class-action lawsuits.

Should Workers Be Paid When Donning and Doffing Protective Gear?

Should Workers Be Paid When Donning and Doffing Protective Gear?

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
Nov. 14 2015 10:05 AM

Amicus: Class Dismissed?

Big business says class-action lawsuits have gotten out of control. Will the Roberts court agree?

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When workers at a Tyson Foods meat-processing plant were told that they wouldn’t be on the clock when donning and doffing protective gear, they banded together and sued their employer. A jury decided that their class-action suit had merit and awarded them damages of close to $6 million.

In Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, the Supreme Court is now considering whether the workers had the right to band together as a “class” in the first place. On this episode of Amicus, attorney Carter Phillips makes the case that they didn’t. Phillips is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP and represented Tyson Foods this week in oral arguments at the court.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.