Sandifer v United States Steel Corporation

Summarized by:

  • Court: United States Supreme Court
  • Area(s) of Law: Labor Law
  • Date Filed: January 27, 2014
  • Case #: 12-417
  • Judge(s)/Court Below: SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and KENNEDY, THOMAS, GINSBURG, BREYER, ALITO, and KAGAN, JJ., joined, and in which SOTOMAYOR, J., joined except as to footnote 7.
  • Full Text Opinion

The time spent putting on protective gear before work qualifies as "changing clothes" under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Petitioner sought backpay for the time spent changing clothes and putting on protective gear before starting actual labor. Under Petitioner and Respondent's collective bargaining agreement, the time spent putting on various pieces of protective gear is noncompensable because it falls under "changing clothes." Petitioner argues that the court should define "changing clothes" under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to exclude putting on protective gear.

The Supreme Court held that the time spent putting on protective gear before work qualifies as "changing clothes" under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and therefore Petitioner, per the collective bargaining agreement, are not due backpay for the time spent putting on protective gear.

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