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Employees of Swift to Receive Backpay Awards.

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ --

As part of a court-approved settlement in a federal lawsuit, employees at Swift & Company's pork processing plants in Worthington, Minnesota Worthington is a city in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 11,283 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Nobles County6.

The city's site was first settled in the 1870s as Okabena Station on a line of the Chicago, St.
 and Marshalltown, Iowa are receiving backpay awards, which were mailed out the week of December 25, 2000.

Almost $3 million in backpay will be distributed among the approximately 2,300 employees who chose to participate in the case of Anderson, et al. v. Swift & Company which was filed in the United States District Court United States District Court

In the U.S., any of the 94 trial courts of general jurisdiction in the federal judicial system. Each state, as well as the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has at least one federal district court.
 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Anderson case is among several large representative actions brought under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Fair Labor Standards Act or Wages and Hours Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1938 to establish minimum living standards for workers engaged directly or indirectly in interstate commerce, including those involved in production of goods bound  against meatpacking meatpacking or meat-processing, wholesale business of buying and slaughtering animals and then processing and distributing their carcasses to retailers. The livestock industry is among the largest in the world.  companies who have allegedly failed to pay workers for time spent donning, doffing and cleaning safety equipment and other related activities.

Last week, as a result of a court order, 2,600 current and former employees of the Austin, Minnesota-based meatpacking company Quality Pork Processors, Inc. were sent notices inviting them to join a backpay lawsuit against that company pending in the United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than 700 employees have already chosen to take part in Dybevik, et al. v. Quality Pork Processors, Inc.

The plaintiffs in Anderson and Dybevik are represented by the Washington, D.C. and Texas-based firm of Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P., the Minneapolis, Minnesota firm of Metcalf, Kaspari, Howard, Engdahl & Lazarus, P.A. and the Chicago, Illinois firm of Karmel & Gilden.

Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. is one of the nation's leading high- impact litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.

When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation.
 firms, having represented the State of Texas in its successful effort to recover more than $20 billion dollars from the tobacco industry. The firm, including its Washington, D.C. office, also served as counsel in one of the largest causative actions ever brought under the Federal False Claims Act, in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid royalties owed to the federal government by the oil industry as a result of oil pumped from federal lands.

For more information on Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. or to contact its Washington, D.C. office, visit the firm's web-site at .
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