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Dove v. Rose Acres Farms
Citation:434 N.E.2d 931 (1982).
Rose Acres was a chicken farm which stocked 4,000,000 hens and produced approximately 256,000 eggs per day. Dove was employed at Rose Acres during the summer months of 1972 through 1979. Rose Acres maintained extensive bonus programs for its employees, all of which were conditioned on perfect work attendance. Any absenteeism or tardiness would cause forfeiture of the bonus.
In June 1979, Dove and other construction crew leaders were offered a $6,000 bonus if a certain construction project was completed in 12 weeks (Dove’s bonus agreement was amended to $5,000 for 10 weeks because he needed to return to law school). To received the bonus, Dove needed to work five full days a week for 10 weeks. During the tenth week, Dove became ill with strep throat and he missed the last two days of work. Rose Acres refused to pay the bonus.
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