According to Truckinginfo.com, two class action lawsuits were filed last month against separate California trucking companies over claims that they wrongfully classified drivers as independent contractors.
The website reported that a former driver for Pacific 9 and Coast Bridge, which haul containers in and out of the Port of Los Angeles, said the companies failed to pay wages and overtime and did not provide meal and rest breaks to its employee drivers and crewmembers. This occurred because the companies classified workers as contractors.
Both cases are attempting to include employees to reach class action status, including current and former drivers for both companies, dating back four years.
According to Truckinginfo.com, the driver involved in both cases, Victor Castro, said he and other drivers were regarded as independent contractors “even though the work performed and conditions of employment were that of an employee,” and even though each company “directs and controls the way the drivers perform their work, including controlling their schedule, where they deliver product and how they work.”
Can I File A Lawsuit for Back Pay?
As we have been noting lately, employees can attempt to file a class action lawsuit if their wages are in dispute. California wage and overtime laws exist to ensure that employees are given fair and just compensation for the work they perform. Sometimes companies try to skirt around overtime payments by classifying employees in various fashions, like independent contractors.
If you have experienced a wage or overtime dispute or have been wronged by your employer in a similar fashion, you may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation. Our Los Angeles employment attorneys can help you decide whether to move forward with your case. Call our office today to schedule a consultation at (310) 273-3180.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination attorneys
Did You Know? “Non-exempt employees” should be paid time-and-a-half if they have worked more than 40 hours during a week.