Corteva and a group of employees have agreed on a settlement for a class action lawsuit where the employees accused the company of violating the Private Attorneys General Act.
Although Corteva has not admitted to any wrongdoing, the company agreed to settle amidst accusations of failing to give employees proper meal and rest breaks.
Both parties agreed that a settlement was the most appropriate remedy to provide the plaintiffs relief without incurring substantial litigation costs.
Accusations Against Corveta
The class bringing this action was composed of employees who worked 12-hour rotating shifts in Corteva’s Dow Agrosciences chemical manufacturing plant in Pittsburg, California.
These plaintiffs alleged that Corteva required them to remain on duty for their entire 12-hour shift. They were not given meal or rest breaks, and they were required to respond to their radios during their entire shift.
The plaintiffs asserted this was an unreasonable business practice because their job responsibilities did not leave room for them to take their entitled breaks.
Eligible Class Members
Class members who will be eligible to receive a payout from this class action lawsuit settlement are Corveta employees who worked at least one 12-hour rotating shift in the Pittsburg chemical manufacturing facility between December 3, 2015, and August 4, 2021.
The amount each class member recovers from the settlement will vary based on the number of shifts the individual worked.
Receiving Payment from the Settlement Fund
Class members received notice of the pending class action lawsuit. Those class members will receive their share of the payout as long as they do not opt-out of the class by December 3, 2021.
If a class member wishes to dispute the number of workweeks the notice indicates they are eligible for, the individual should submit a notice of dispute by November 18, 2021.
Similarly, if a class member wants to dispute the terms of the settlement, they should do so by December 3, 2021.
Remaining Procedural Steps
Once the period for opting out and disputing the settlement terms has passed, a final hearing regarding the settlement is set for January 7, 2022.
Class members will receive their compensation after the conclusion of that hearing.
California Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys
When a group of employees shares a common complaint against their employer, they can pursue a class-action lawsuit.
In California, class-action lawsuits hold employers accountable for wrongful actions against their workforce, protecting future employees from harm and compensating past or current employees.
At the Workplace Rights Law Group, our California class action lawsuit attorneys passionately advocate for California workers.
With nearly 100 years of combined experience in employment law and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we know how to take on large companies like Corteva.
If you are a current or former employee of Corteva and want to join the class action lawsuit, give one of our California class-action lawsuit attorneys a call at 818-446-1045 for a free case review.