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A complaint filed today in Anderson County Circuit Court alleges that B&W, the contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, repeatedly violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring firefighters to report to work 15 minutes ahead of schedule — without pay — in order to don protective equipment and make other work preparations.
“If they didn’t come in 15 minutes early, they would be disciplined,” said Garry Ferraris, the lawyer who filed the complaint on behalf of 21 firefighters and “all others similarly situated.”
Ferraris said a labor grievance apparently brought an end to the practice earlier this year, but he’s seeking compensation for the past three years to cover the unpaid time for the 21 firefighters identified in the legal complaint and any others who worked at Y-12 during that time period.