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Employees sue manufacturer over compensation (UPDATE)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Current and former employees are suing Oshkosh Corp. subsidiary Pierce Manufacturing and calling for a jury trial in the case related to compensation.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports that the class-action lawsuit filed this week accuses the manufacturing company of operating an “unlawful compensation system” that shaved at least 10 minutes off of the employee’s wages each day. The lawsuit claims the time was “impermissibly” deducted and should have been compensated as time and a half pay.

According to the complaint, employees used to take two paid breaks per shift, one 10-minute break and a 20-minute break. That equated to a 9-hour, 10-minute shift Mondays through Thursdays and an 8-hour, 10-minute shift on Fridays.

“Pierce was or should have been aware that plaintiff was working a 44-hour-and-50-minute work week, but compensated Plaintiff for only 44 hours each work week,” the complaint read.

The employees are seeking overtime compensation, unpaid wages and liquidated damages from the Menasha-based company. The exact amount of employees affected is unknown, but according to the complaint, it could be anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500.

An Oshkosh Corp. spokesman declined to comment on pending litigation but said the policy is no longer in place.

Pierce announced last month that it would change its break policy and shorten shifts by at least 10 minutes.

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