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Iowa City employees allege wage theft against RockTenn

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Activists are asking the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate allegations that workers at an Iowa City factory have been illegally denied wages.

The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa filed the complaint Tuesday against RockTenn, a Georgia-based corporation that operates a packaging facility in Iowa City.

Two staffing companies are also named.

Executive Director Misty Rebik says she believes there are 300 temporary workers at the factory, and most are instructed to show up 30 to 45 minutes early without being paid. She says she believes that is a violation of federal law.

In addition, she says workers have complained that they are not issued paystubs and not compensated for all the hours they work.

Rebik said the complaint was officially filed with the state office of the U.S. Dept. of Labor in Des Moines.

KWWL asked for a copy of the complaint, and Rebik said she could release the first two pages, but those pages were not immediately released.

The Iowa Dept. of Labor closes at 4:30 p.m.

RockTenn denied the allegations, saying it complies with state and federal law. They directed further questions to their corporate offices.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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