MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court says Hormel Foods Corporation owes hundreds of workers at its Beloit canning plant back wages for time spent putting on and taking off required clothing and equipment.

The high court released a 4-2 decision on Tuesday upholding Rock County Circuit Judge Michael Fitzpatrick's ruling that the Minnesota-based food company owes 330 workers $195,000.

The court said Department of Workforce Development rules mandate that an employee must be paid for all time spent in physical or mental exertion controlled or required by the employer and Hormel's requirements that employees wear the protective gear is an integral part of the workers' principal activity.

Hormel attorney Thomas Krukowski didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.