A lawsuit against Greater Omaha Packing Co. that alleged wage and hour violations has been withdrawn.
The suit was filed last month in U.S. District Court in Omaha by a former employee of the meatpacker, Frederick Baglio. Baglio said that he didn’t take lunch breaks but that time was deducted from his wages as if he did. The suit sought class-action status on behalf of other Greater Omaha workers.
“Plaintiff hereby dismisses this action without prejudice,” reads a filing in the case made by Baglio’s attorney, Robert Cowan of the Houston law firm Bailey Peavy Bailey.
Greater Omaha owner Henry Davis said he is glad the suit was voluntarily withdrawn by those who filed it.
“Suits of this kind are unfair, false and can damage reputations,” Davis said in an interview.
Plaintiffs — the people who file lawsuits seeking compensation for a grievance — are free to withdraw their lawsuits for any reason. “Without prejudice” means that the plaintiff reserves the opportunity to file such a lawsuit in the future.
Davis said neither he nor anyone at his company or under his direction ever had any communication with Baglio or his attorney.
“It was nothing but false and unfair commentary,” Davis said.
Davis also said Baglio never filed any wage and hour complaints with the company or the authorities.
“We value our employees and treat them fairly,” Davis said. “We have people who have been working here for decades.”
Attempts to reach Baglio by telephone were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach attorney Cowan by telephone and email were also unsuccessful.
Davis said his company — formed almost 100 years ago by his grandfather and employer of about 1,000 people — exports beef to 58 countries and knows how to follow the rules. At any time the plant is producing, Davis said, 17 to 20 federal meat inspectors and a veterinarian are on site and watching everything closely.
Employees, Davis said, have available to them English classes, a doctor-staffed medical clinic also open to dependents, citizenship assistance, scholarships and other benefits — all free of charge.
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