Donning, Doffing or
Cleaning of Clothing, Equipment, and/or Protective Gear

In many instances employers fail to properly pay for the time spent preparing for your workday and the activities you perform after the work ends. Time spent preparing for your workday may be compensable if you are required to put on and/or take off (donning and doffing) clothing, PPE, protective gear, or any other specialty work wear that is stored or retrieved at your workplace. The true legal definition of the term “donning and doffing” refers to the practice of putting on (donning) and taking off (doffing) protective gear, clothing, and uniforms.

If you are required to wear smocks, safety glasses, hairnets, earplugs, goggles, protective footwear, helmets, jumpsuits, or any other protective gear, your employer must allow you to clock in before you put on your required gear and allow you to clock out after you have removed it. Likewise, if you are required to clean any of your equipment at the beginning or end of your shift or lunch break, you may be entitled to additional compensation.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and many state laws require employers to compensate employees for the time they spend performing  donning, doffing, and cleaning activities because these activities are considered an integral and indispensable part of the job.  Failure to pay for these activities can result in non-payment of thousands of dollars of backwages.

Industries with common donning & doffing litigation:

  • Food processing facilities for chicken, beef, pork, turkey, duck or fish
  • Hazardous materials plants
  • Technology facilities such as chip manufacturers, x-rays, or pharmaceuticals
  • Steel workers
  • Agricultural industries

Contact Your Back Wages Lawyers Today

If you have not been paid for the time you spend engaging in donning, doffing, and/or cleaning activities, contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson, LLP, and we will work to get you the compensation you are due.