A federal judge has granted permission for certain claims put forth by workers of a western Kentucky candle factory to move forward.
U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. recently allowed a portion of the suit filed against the candle factory to proceed, in a ruling that could bring relief to the numerous workers affected by the company’s alleged actions.
The complaint was brought by numerous workers, who assert that they were subject to unfair labor practices while employed at the factory. They claim that their wages were not paid in accordance with the law, and that they were deprived of proper overtime compensation. The workers also claim that they were exposed to dangerous conditions, and were not provided with necessary safety gear.
Judge McKinley’s ruling allows the suit to proceed on all counts, with the exception of a claim that the company violated the workers’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The ruling is significant for the workers, who are now allowed to seek damages for the alleged violations. It is also a reminder for employers to ensure that their employment practices comply with the law.
The ruling is the latest development in a case that has been ongoing since 2017, when the candle factory workers first filed the complaint.
The suit is still pending, with a trial date yet to be set.
Judge McKinley’s ruling enables the workers’ claims to continue to be heard in a court of law, affording them an opportunity to seek the justice they have been pursuing for several years.
The decision could prove to be a victory for the workers, who have endured allegedly unlawful conduct by the candle factory. It also serves as a reminder to employers that labor laws must be followed in order to ensure the rights of their employees are protected.