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New Overtime Lawsuit Filed Against Abbott Laboratories For Unpaid Pre-Shift Work And Meal Break Violations

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Recently, our experienced unpaid wages attorneys filed a new collective and class action lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories for allegedly not fully paying its current and former manufacturing/production employees all the overtime compensation that they have earned.

WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE OVERTIME LAWSUIT AGAINST ABBOTT LABORATORIES?

The lawsuit specifically claims that Abbot requires its hourly manufacturing and production employees to arrive to work before the scheduled start of their shifts in order to engage in unpaid pre-shift work such as putting on sanitary clothing and equipment, including facility shoes, shirt, pants, glasses, and hairnet. The manufacturing and production employees are also required to wash their hands and perform other sanitation activities. After they perform this unpaid work, they travel to a meeting at the beginning of their shift. However, the lawsuit alleges that Abbott did not generally pay its employees for this pre-shift work.

The Complaint also alleges that Abbott applied a meal break deduction to its hourly production/manufacturing employees’ hours worked even when those employees did not receive a bona fide meal break. In general, employees must be completely relieved from duty in order to eat regular meals of at least 30 minutes for a meal break to constitute a bona fide meal period. In this case, Abbott’s manufacturing/production employees were required to travel from the production floor and take off the sanitary clothing and equipment before they could enjoy the meal break. Then, manufacturing/production employees were also required to return from their meal break to put the sanitary clothing and equipment back on and perform other sanitation activities before returning to the production floor. Despite manufacturing/production employees performing work during their meal break and receiving far less than 30 minutes of time to enjoy a meal break, Abbott automatically applied the 30-minute meal break.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division at Columbus, and is called Wheat v. Abbott Laboratories, Case No. 2:24-cv-1972.

WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OVERTIME LAWSUIT?

The lawsuit seeks to recover unpaid overtime for the pre-shift work performed by Abbott Laboratories’ manufacturing/production workers. The lawsuit also seeks all unpaid overtime as a result of the manufacturing/production employees not receiving a bona fide meal period. In addition to the unpaid overtime damages, the lawsuit seeks liquidated damages equal to the unpaid overtime, attorney’s fees, costs, and other damages.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE OVERTIME CASE AGAINST ABBOTT LABORATORIES?

If you were a manufacturing/production employee at Abbott Laboratories and you arrived before the scheduled start of your shift or you were required to the perform work during your meal breaks as described above, you may not have been paid for all of your work. If you would like to find out additional information about the lawsuit, including understanding whether you are eligible to participate in the lawsuit, please contact our overtime lawyers by phone at 614-949-1181 or by emailing mcoffman@mcoffmanlegal.com

You may also submit your information through our website here. We are happy to provide a FREE consultation. Our discussions with you are fully CONFIDENTIAL and protected by the attorney-client privilege regardless of whether you elect to join or participate in the Abbott Laboratories case.

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