It May Not be A Block-Buster Class Action Case, but the Outcome In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo Will Matter to Low-Wage WorkersHamilton and Griffin on Rights (2015)
Even though Tuesday’s oral argument demonstrated Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo likely will not be the blockbuster class-action case commentators had predicted, the outcome matters. Wage theft is a real problem for low-wage workers, who must rely on every dollar they earn to make ends meet. Further, it is difficult for workers to enforce their rights given the expense of litigation and their vulnerable position. Allowing workers to use aggregate proof to document wage theft when employers fail to keep records would recognize the vulnerability of a low wage and immigrant workforce and the difficulty workers face in enforcing their rights. After Tuesday’s argument, it seems likely that the Court is poised to do just that.
Publication DateNovember 12, 2015
Citation InformationAngela D. Morrison. "It May Not be A Block-Buster Class Action Case, but the Outcome In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo Will Matter to Low-Wage Workers" Hamilton and Griffin on Rights (2015)
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