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Fleetwood Settles Employee Lawsuit

February 22, 2002

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ Manufactured home and recreational vehicle builder Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. has agreed to pay $7.35 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by employees.

The settlement was announced Wednesday by the company and employees’ attorney Dan Williams of Boise. Fleetwood said it admitted no liability or wrongdoing. Both sides said it was a fair agreement.

Employees claimed that Fleetwood pressured them to work early in the morning, through breaks and after their shifts to keep up with production quotas.

The lawsuit revolved around the federal Fair Labor Standards Act that prohibits off-the-clock work.

Fleetwood agreed to pay a total of $7.35 million to nearly 3,000 current and former employees who joined the class-action suit. Certain other employees, primarily former employees who worked in Fleetwood recreational vehicle plants, still have the chance to join the lawsuit.

Fleetwood agreed to prohibit off-the-clock work and modify its rounding practices under its timekeeping system.

The lawsuit originally was filed on behalf of Trina Bristow of Nampa, who worked at the Fleetwood plant from March 1989 to November 1999.

The Riverside, Calif.-based company employs nearly 15,000 people in its retail and production operations nationwide.

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