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Tyson settles lawsuit with workers

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (KWWL)-- Tyson foods has settled a ten year battle with workers by agreeing to pay them for time spent putting on and removing protective clothing. 

Federal officials have now said that meat and poultry processors should pay employees for all hours worked.

In an order filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala., Tyson has agreed to pay a half-million dollars in overtime back wages to some 3,000 workers at its plant in Blountsville, Ala.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Labor Department reached a similar agreement with poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride Corp.  It had accused both companies of violating federal regulations in not paying workers for all on-the-job work tasks.

Tyson didn't admit to wrongdoing in the federal order, which affects all of its U.S. workers.  The company employs more than 117,000 people across the world.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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