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on April 20, 2011

Chicken catchers, Mountaire Farms suit will proceed

Suit alleges Mountaire Farms owes chicken catchers overtime payment

A federal judge in Wilmington, Del., rejected Mountaire Farms' request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the company did not properly pay chicken catchers at its Millsboro, Del., plant. Mountaire Farms claimed the lawsuit should be dismissed because the chicken catchers did not use a factual basis for their claims.

The chicken catchers claim they were paid per thousand chickens caught by a crew, but also were owed overtime when more than 40 hours per week were logged. The lawsuit also alleges the catchers worked four or more hours without a meal break and that their work was reassigned to independent catching crews.

Mountaire Farms denies owing overtime payment to the catchers.

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