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$16.8 Million Settlement Gains Preliminary Approval in Kellogg Employment Class Action

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel

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On March 28, 2018, Washington federal judge Ronald B. Leighton granted preliminary approval for a $16.8 million settlement between food giant Kellogg Co. and a class of employees alleging that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Named plaintiff and Kellogg employee, Patricia Thomas, originally filed the suit in February 2013. In the complaint, Thomas claimed that defendant Kellogg willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, by failing to pay territory managers and retail store representatives premium time-and-a-half wages when they worked over the standard 40 hours a week. Plaintiff argued that class members often worked in excess of 60 hours a week. The suit gained class certification in January 2014 and has survived numerous dismissal bids by Kellogg. 

The case is: Thomas v. Kellogg Co. et al, Case No.: 3:13-cv-05136, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


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