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High court will not hear Jennie-O case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a petition for further review of the case of production employees seeking pay from Jennie-O Turkey Store for time they spend putting on and taking off uniforms and safety work gear.

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The denial was announced Wednesday. The petition was filed after the state appeals court upheld a January 2010 ruling in Hennepin County District Court in favor of the Willmar-based company, which is owned by Hormel Foods.

According to Tribune archives, the original lawsuit was filed in December 2003 by seven then-current and former Jennie-O employees who sought to be paid for the time spent "doffing" and "donning," or putting required work gear on and off before and after their shifts and lunch breaks

The seven workers included three from the Willmar plant, Eduardo Rios, Rodolfo Gutierrez and Evelia Mendoza; two workers from the Melrose plant, Jennifer Brickweg and Marsha Winter; and two from the Montevideo plant, John Ivy and Penny Ivy.

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