The donning and doffing lawsuit was filed by Alvaro Sanchez, identified as the lead plaintiff in the proposed class action against Keurig. According to court documents, Sanchez worked at Keurig’s manufacturing plant located at Castroville, in California. His complaint is that workers were required to stand in line each day prior to and after work to don uniforms and protective equipment necessary to the sanitary environment on the production floor.
Sanchez notes in his unpaid wages claim that workers were also required to remove their protective gear and uniforms prior to leaving the controlled production area for meal breaks and rest periods, only to don them again for the resumption of their shifts. Not only did the process serve to cut into their meal breaks and rest periods, or so it is alleged, the process of constantly donning and then doffing uniforms and protective gear was not paid by the employer, representing off-the-clock work.
This, “on a daily basis is substantial time, and deprives plaintiff and the class members of wages lost (both straight-line and overtime) each week,” the complaint said.
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The donning and doffing lawsuit, filed with the help of Sanchez’ unpaid wages attorney, seeks to represent any similarly situated individual who might have been employed at the Keurig Castroville facility over a four-year period beginning in June 2011.
Castroville is located near San Jose. The donning and doffing lawsuit is Alvaro Sanchez v. Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Case No.15-cv-04657, in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.