Federal Lawsuit Alleges Amazon’s Delivery Drivers Worked Without Breaks, Did Not Receive Overtime Pay
Nov 5, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2018 – A delivery driver for Amazon and its contractor NEA Delivery Services alleges she was not permitted breaks or overtime pay in a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status.
Yolanda Champion worked for Amazon and NEA from March to August 2017 in California. She says that during that time the companies were understaffed which led her and other delivery drivers to commonly work 10-hour days without rest periods. Champion says they were also paid a day rate that did not account for overtime.
She is looking for other plaintiffs who worked as delivery drivers in the past four years. Champion, who was required to wear a uniform bearing the Amazon logo while working, claims the companies had complete control over the drivers’ schedules, supplied their trucks and made workers begin and end their shift at an Amazon warehouse.
Drivers sued NEA in 2017 alleging unpaid wages. NEA settled the case by agreeing to pay drivers overtime wages, court documents show.
The questions surrounding “gig economy” workers’ rights have been a hot topic lately. In a different case in April, the California Supreme Court sided with truck drivers who argued they had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.
Betsy Havens, executive director of Los Angeles employment law firm Strong Advocates, helps those whose rights have been violated on the job.
“All workers are entitled to basic rights, including rest periods and fair wages,” Havens says.
Experienced a violation of rights on the job? Contact the employment lawyers at Strong Advocates and take a strong step toward the pursuit of justice.
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