According to Law.com, more and more employees in various states are suing for time they spend putting on and taking off their mandatory uniforms and/or safety equipment. These lawsuits are attributable to a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case in which the high court ruled that employees should be paid for the time it takes to "don and doff" mandatory uniforms or equipment. The biggest groups of these plaintiffs are police officers who have sued their employers for overtime wage for the time they spend putting on their uniform, safety equipment and inspecting their weapons. Many of these lawsuits are still pending in court.
Law.com also reported that last August, a subsidiary of German automaker BMW in South Carolina agreed to pay $629,869 in overtime back wages to more than 1,000 auto-body and paint-shop workers for time spent donning and doffing required safety gear and for time spent walking to and from work stations. In the same year, there was another company that agreed to pay more than 1.2 million to settle allegations that the company failed to pay workers at its plant for time spent donning and doffing protective gear and walking to and from the changing area to their work stations.
Currently, there is yet another "donning and doffing" class action lawsuit in Tennessee against Tyson Foods, Inc. involving more than 600 employees.