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You don’t get paid for the time that it takes you to walk from the locker room to your workstation.
There have been recent developments in the Fair Labor Standards Act litigation world that now lead many to believe that clothes changing activities and walking time to and from workstations is compensable in most circumstances.
The seminal case, IBP v. Alvarez generally found that employees should be paid for work that is directly related, but not their primary job duties. For example, factory workers who make batteries should be paid for the time spent putting on safety equipment in their locker rooms, and the time it takes them to walk to their workstation.
Previously, there had been some restrictions with respect to Union employees, however, Courts are more and more often finding that Union employees’ walking time claims are valid, and that that time should be paid for by the Company.
Attorney Michael Hodgson has successfully litigated these “donning and doffing” and walking time claims against multiple major corporations. If you are not paid for the time it takes you to walk to and from your workstation, or if you are not paid for the time that it takes you to change in and out of your uniform, safety equipment, or other garb, we would encourage you to call The Hodgson Law Firm, L.L.C. for a free, private consultation so you can learn more about your rights to fair pay.