Companies that employ truck drivers often improperly fail to pay overtime wages to their drivers. Although some truck drivers are not eligible for overtime pay, several recent cases show that drivers who do not earn overtime pay should not assume that they are being paid correctly.
A federal jury in California recently awarded 839 Wal-Mart drivers $54 million. Bryan, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al., No. 3:08-cv-05221 (N.D. Cal.). Schneider National also recently settled a driver wage case for $28 million. Bickley v. Schneider National, Inc., No. 4:08-cv-05806 (N.D. Cal.). FedEx has also been hit with lawsuits by its drivers around the country. An Oregon federal judge recently approved a $15.4 million dollar settlement between FedEx and its drivers. Slayman v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., No. 3:05-cv-01127 (D. Or.).
Some ways companies fail to pay truck drivers properly are: paying drivers straight time (the same hourly rate, even for hours over 40 in a week), requiring drivers to work during their unpaid lunch break or before and after their shifts, or not paying drivers to perform non-driving activities.
Are you a truck driver who is required to work off the clock or is not paid time-and-a-half for overtime? You may be entitled to overtime pay.
We have successfully represented tens of thousands of workers all across the country in overtime cases. We work on a contingency, meaning we only get paid if we get a recovery for our clients. To learn more about our Wage & Overtime practice, click here.
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