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Peacock v. Lubbock Compress Company

252 F.2d 892 (1958)

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Peacock v. Lubbock Compress Company

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

252 F.2d 892 (1958)

Facts

R. A. Peacock (plaintiff) and two other night watchmen employed by the Lubbock Compress Company (company) (defendant) sued the company, alleging failure to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company, which engaged in the compressing of cotton, argued that it was exempt from FLSA’s overtime requirements pursuant to § 207(c), which provided that employers engaged in the ginning and compressing of cotton were not required to pay overtime. Peacock argued that the FLSA exemption applied only to employers engaged in both the ginning and the compressing of cotton. The company argued that the compressing and the ginning of cotton are two functions that are separate from each other and are never performed together and that therefore the exemption applied to employers engaged in the ginning of cotton, the compressing of cotton, or both. The district court ruled in favor of the company, and Peacock appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)

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