I am forced to work past my quitting time no overtime paid

Our work schedule is 7:45 am to 4:15 pm, but we have to put on our smock,hair net,wash our hands etc,( food packing Co.) after this ( 3 to 5 min) we have to clock in around 7:33 to 7:37 and rush to the work area, we start by doing exersises ( 3 to 5 mi)we start work and ,now we have to work until the 2nd shift takes over and replaces us one by one ,this happens from around 4:18 to around 4:20 ,then we go and check out about 4:23 to 4;28,so in fact we are tied to the company for around extra 20 min. every day is this legal? we do not get overtime, should we? thank you

2 answers  |  asked Jun 26, 2010 7:23 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (2)

Matthew Kaufman
There are a lot of issues in a donning and doffing case such as whether the pre and post shit activities are part of "principal" activities at work. Since you are in a food packing operation, there are probably regulations requiring you to perform the pre and post work, so it would be compensable.

Also, whether you are in a union may be a big issue.

Matt Kaufman
Harris & Kaufman

posted by Matthew Kaufman  |  Jul 10, 2010 12:56 PM [EST]
Elisa Ungerman
It may not be. Consult with a qualified labor attorney in your area on the "donning and doffing" rules which entitle you to get paid for that time. If a large group of workers are involved, there may be grounds for a class action.

posted by Elisa Ungerman  |  Jun 26, 2010 7:30 PM [EST]

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