Long-haul Truckers Allege California Labor Law Violations

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Santa Clara, CA: A trucking company in California has found itself on the end of a California labor law class action lawsuit brought by a driver who claims Prime Inc, misclassified himself and thousands of other drivers as a means of avoiding paying overtime.

Additionally, the company allegedly forced its drivers to sign arbitration clauses that prevent them from ever being able to bring claims against the company in court, a practice which is becoming increasingly common across many industries in the U.S.

The long haul driver also asserts he was required to pay the defendant to use the truck he drove for them, as well as for insurance and gas and equipment necessary to his job. This resulted in a paycheck for less than $0 some weeks.
This deducting of company expenses from workers’ paychecks has become common practice in the trucking industry. While the companies claim this is all above board, the drivers state they are “independent contractors,” so the labor laws that govern most workers don’t apply to them.

However, often the drivers aren’t independent contractors, but rather ordinary employees that the companies call “independent contractors,” as a means of avoiding paying them full wages and overtime. Some estimates suggest that 50,000 of the 75,000 truck drivers that work out of the nation’s ports, are wrongly classified as independent contractors.

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