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Judge sets hearing over meatpacking settlement

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal judge has set a hearing over a proposed class action settlement in a lawsuit by workers against the Creekstone Farms slaughterhouse in Arkansas City.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday set a fairness hearing on the motion for approval for Dec. 17 at the federal courthouse in Topeka.

The lawsuit alleged that Creekstone failed to pay employees for all of the time they worked. Creekstone Farms said it paid for all time worked, including overtime.

Under the proposed $195,000 settlement, about $110,000 would be split among the 144 class members. The amount paid each worker would be based on how many overtime weeks the employee worked during the three-year claim period.

Most of the rest of the money would go to the employees' attorneys.