Cases & Investigations
The firm served as co-lead counsel and obtained a settlement of $2 million on behalf of a class of African American employees of Rochester Gas & Electric Co. to resolve charges of racial discrimination in hiring, job assignments, compensation, promotions, discipline, terminations, retaliation, and a hostile work environment.
The firm served as co-lead counsel and obtained a settlement of $2,925,000 on behalf of loan officers who worked in four offices of to resolve claims for unpaid overtime wages.
On February 24, 2009, Berger Montague filed a collective action and class action complaint in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law (“NJWHL”), on behalf of Plaintiff Michael Coluccio against Defendant U.S. Remodelers, Inc.
Berger Montague represented a class of employees at Nebraska Beef’s beef processing plant in their lawsuit alleging that the employer failed to pay them for all pre- and post-shift time spent donning, doffing and washing personal protective equipment.
Berger Montague successfully represented a class of over 3,000 current and former African-American employees of the Eastman Kodak Company in their Title VII race discrimination claims. Plaintiffs alleged that Kodak discriminated against African-American employees in their employment, including with respect to pay, promotions, performance appraisals, initial job assignments, and layoffs, the creation of a racially hostile work environment and retaliation when African-American employees complained about racial discrimination.
This lawsuit dates back to July 2008, when the plaintiffs lodged a complaint contending they were wrongly exempted from the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) for their title as assistant managers.
Berger Montague represented a collective of employees at Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.’s Schuyler, Nebraska plant. The complaint alleged that Cargill, with the exception of the payment to some employees of a minute or two per day as a matter of policy and practice, did not pay its employees for all required pre-production line and post-production line activities that were necessary and integral to their overall employment responsibilities.
Berger Montague represented a class of over five thousand non-exempt hourly production, maintenance and sanitation employees at Indiana Packer’s Delphi, Indiana facility. The complaint alleged that Indiana Packers did not pay its employees for all required pre-production line and post-production line activities that were necessary and integral to their overall employment responsibilities.
Berger Montague served as lead counsel and obtained a settlement of $3.5 million on behalf of a group of African American employees of Sara Lee Foods Corp. to resolve charges of racial discrimination and retaliation at its Ball Park Franks plant.
Berger Montague represented a collective of employees at Farmland Foods’ meatpacking facility in Crete, Nebraska. The complaint alleged that the employees must don and doff a uniform, earplugs, hard hat, hairnet, boots, mesh gloves, apron, arm guard, belly guard, plastic sleeves, scabbard and knives before and after every shift without being paid for that time.