Class action filed against Kraft Foods over wages

Amelia Flood Jan. 31, 2011, 5:26am


Workers at the Kraft Foods Global Inc. plant in Granite City are seeking to lead a class of fellow workers in a suit that claims they were not paid for all the hours they worked.

The class action filed Jan. 27 is the first class action filed in Madison County this year.

Lead plaintiff Joan L. Jones claims that she and other hourly workers at the plant were not paid for attending safety and other meetings and were not paid for the time it takes to put on protective gear mandated by Kraft.

Jones claims that the failures to pay constitute violations of the Illinois Minimum Wage Law.

The suit seeks a judgment in the amount of the wages not paid to the approximately 400 to 500 hundred potential class members and other relief.

Jones is represented by Joseph Phebus, Ryan Bradley and William Graham Jr. of Phebus & Koester LLP of Urbana, Ill.

Kraft has yet to enter an appearance in the case and has not yet answered the claims.

Last year, there were nine class actions filed in Madison County.
The Jones case is the first to be filed this year.
The case is Madison case number 11-L-082.

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