Class-action lawsuit accuses US meat producers of conspiring to keep wages down

The lawsuit alleges the companies have exchanged compensation information to keep workers’ wages lower than the market would allow.

DENVER — Three meat plant workers have filed a federal lawsuit accusing 11 of the United States’ largest beef and pork producers of conspiring to depress wages and benefits.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Denver on Friday, seeks class-action status and alleges the producers have worked together since at least 2014 to keep workers’ compensation lower than the market would allow, violating the Sherman Antitrust Act.

It was brought by two meat plant workers from Iowa and one from Georgia but seeks to

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