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Second lawsuit filed in two months at troubled suburban warehouse

Temp workers at the Kraft/Cadbury warehouse will file a class action lawsuit today alleging Prologistix, the temp agency that employs them, has cheated them of owed wages. Workers are alleging that they are still owed vacation pay, and were not given written notices of their wage rate. Workers will be holding a press conference at the U.S. District Court, 219 S Dearborn St., today at 10:30 a.m.

“We worked hard to make sure that Kraft got their products to store shelves on time.  All we ask in return is that these companies follow the law pay us the wages and benefits they owe us.  We just want to be treated with respect as workers.  It’s unfortunate that we have to take this action today just to get Prologistix to follow the law,”  said Chris Craig, who worked in the warehouse for eight months.  

Last month the workers at the Kraft/Cadbury warehouse in Joliet filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  alleging that DB Schenker – the German owned company running the warehouse – has repeatedly refused to address discrimination claims including Nazi symbols graffiti’d in work areas and has created a hostile work environment. 

A report released last year found nearly 40% of Will County warehouse workers reported being discriminated against. The report, Bad Jobs in Goods Movement, found that 63% of workers in Will County warehouses are temps, earning poverty wages with few benefits. Wage theft is prevalent in the warehouse industry because of the reliance on temp agencies in the labor supply.

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