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Jury rules factory workers were on the clock

March 14, 2014
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A jury said a national meat brand violated federal law by not paying local workers for time that should have been on the clock.

The case involves two dozen people who worked at a former Sara Lee Corp. factory near Zeeland.

Attorney Matt Turner said the company ought to have paid the workers for putting on and taking off boots and equipment, before and after their shifts.

A jury in Grand Rapids federal court ruled in favor of the workers last week, although a financial award hasn't been determined.

Sara Lee spun off its Hillshire Brands in 2012, and the Chicago-based company now owns the factory.

Hillshire spokesman Matthew Pakula said the company isn't commenting, because the case is in court.

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