With a shortage of truck drivers in this country, you would think that wages and working conditions for truck drivers would improve, so the industry could attract new drivers, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not been the case. In fact, many companies have taken a “low-road” approach to recruiting and retaining new drivers.

Since we started Fair Work in 2013, we’ve brought numerous cases against long-haul trucking, last-mile delivery, and driver training companies for practices ranging from consumer fraud to independent contractor misclassification to unpaid wages and uncompensated work time.

Over the past several years, we’ve successfully litigated and resolved trucking cases against trucking companies that:

  • Promise “free” or “sponsored” CDL training used to lock people into ten-month or year-long contracts and sub-minimum wage pay.
  • Use debt collections, or the threat of debt collections, to prevent drivers from leaving for better jobs.
  • Hire drivers as independent contractors and then forcing them to pay for all of the costs of doing business, so the trucking company can decide freely how much to charge customers and how much to take as profits for itself.
  • Lease trucks to drivers with terms that lock drivers into finishing their leases even though they may be receiving sub-minimum wage pay.
  • Use intermediary contractors that hire delivery drivers “off-the-books” and pay them in cash or by personal check.
  • Pay drivers by the mile or by delivery or using a flat rate, all of which can result in minimum wage violations.

Do any of those practices sound familiar?

If so, please contact us. We have brought class action lawsuits based on all of these practices and have won important legal victories and negotiated substantial settlements for drivers. We would love to talk with you if you have a similar story to share.

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