Case Number: 1:16-cv-06446

Practice Area: Employment Law & Unpaid Wages

Case Status: Settled

Settlement Amount: $1,207,000.00

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Berger Montague served as co-lead counsel and obtained a $1.2 million settlement in this wage and hour lawsuit against Koch Meat Co., Inc. d/b/a Koch Foods, Koch Foods of Mississippi, LLC, and/or JET Poultry Services, Inc. on behalf of approximately 272 individuals employed in the United States as members of live-haul, chicken catching crews during the time period at issue. Led by Camille Fundora Rodriguez of Berger Montague, the plaintiffs brought this unpaid overtime case alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. The case was litigated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was captioned Nicks v. Koch Foods, Inc., et al., No. 1:16-cv-06446 (N.D. Ill.).

The plaintiffs were non-exempt, piece-rate paid members of live-haul, chicken catching crews who were staffed by Koch Foods, Koch Foods of Mississippi, and JET Poultry Services on farms throughout the country, where live-haul crews processed and distributed poultry products for consumers. Plaintiffs routinely worked well over forty (40) hours per workweek, throughout the duration of their assignments, and were paid only a piece rate, with no overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty. Plaintiffs primarily claimed that they were improperly classified as independent contractors by Koch Foods, Koch Foods of Mississippi, and JET Poultry and were not paid an overtime rate when they worked more than forty (40) hours per week. The settlement resolved the claims alleged in the action. If you have experienced unpaid wages, unpaid overtime compensation, unreimbursed business expenses, or other wage and hour violations under federal or state laws by your employer, please contact Berger Montague. Our award-winning employment lawyers are available to speak with you free of charge.

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