GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) -- A central Kentucky judge has ruled that a case involving paint shop workers at Toyota's Georgetown plant qualifies as a class action.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/OHUjRd ) reports that Scott County Circuit Judge Rob Johnson wrote that the workers met several prerequisites to be considered a class.
The workers allege they weren't compensated for time spent putting on protective clothing and removing it.
Some employees accepted a 2006 settlement that provided about $1,000 for a year of work up to five years.
Workers lawyer Elizabeth Hughes of Lexington says the ruling allows the workers to pursue the case as a group and "is an enormous step."
Toyota spokesman Rick Hesterberg says the ruling doesn't address whether the workers should receive more pay. He said the company is considering how to proceed.