Toyota Loses Request In Ongoing Back-Pay Case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A long-running legal fight between Toyota and some of its paint-shop workers may be headed back to Scott County Circuit Court.

The state Court of Appeals this week denied Toyota's request seeking to prevent the case from being reopened in circuit court. The automaker says it plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court. Toyota has an assembly plant in Scott County.

Scott County Circuit Judge Rob Johnson ruled earlier this year that the case could return to Scott County, where it was filed in 1999. At issue is whether workers should be paid for the time it takes to put on and remove protective suits and walk to and from their jobs.

Toyota claims that circuit courts don't have jurisdiction in such cases. Instead, the automaker says the case should proceed as a state administrative hearing. The case is proceeding in Scott County, while the Frankfort administrative hearing has been put on hold.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by wondering Location: winchester on Aug 21, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    I can't wait to see the outcome of this... If that is ruled for the employees then there is a corporation called EDS that will probably be in litigation next. As they want you on the job at least 15 min early "without" pay to log up your computer and get all the programs going so when you log in your phone your ready to take calls. Hemmmmmmmm... I can see that putting on the uniform and taking it off would be part of the job and should be paid but the time it takes them to walk to their position, naw, every working person in american could sue their company if that was the case!
  • by steve Location: irvine on Aug 19, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    yea let the libs have their way with toyota and soon they will look like the big three doomed.
  • by nancy on Aug 18, 2007 at 10:27 PM
    i find it hard to understand why this would be in court in the first place, ofcourse they should be paid for putting on the suits and taking them off,it appears to be part of their jobs,and to and from their jobs while inside the plant,whatever distance that may be.
  • by union jack on Aug 18, 2007 at 05:13 PM
    need a union
  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2007 at 09:27 AM


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