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German Merck’s Life Sciences Unit Sued Over Unpaid Calisthenics

Nov. 24, 2021, 5:47 PM

Merck KGaA violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and Wisconsin law by failing to adequately compensate least 100 chemical packaging operators for pre-shift work, according to a new lawsuit filed in a federal court in Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Zamora collectively sued Merck KGaA, a German chemical company, on behalf of other similarly situated workers employed in its life sciences division, known as MilliporeSigma. Zamora worked for as a CPO in Milwaukee from October 2019 to February 2021.

The CPO’s primary duties are to pack, seal, and label bottles of chemicals; operate and maintain automated packaging equipment; record damaged labels; clean bottles; ...

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