LOS ANGELES — A group of current and former delivery and route drivers for Charlotte, North Carolina-based Compass Group USA, Inc. recently filed a federal unpaid overtime class action lawsuit in California against the company. The complaint lists several alleged violations of state and federal labor and wage laws including failure to pay regular wages, overtime pay, provide uninterrupted meal breaks or compensation in lieu thereof dating back to June 2013.
The unpaid overtime lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims drivers working on the defendant’s Canteen Vending service route did not receive all their due wages for overtime or working during meal breaks. Those infractions violated the the California Labor Code and the California Unfair Competition Law, according to the complaint and demand compensation for back pay with interest, liquidated damages equal to back pay, court costs, and attorneys fees to prosecute the unpaid overtime lawsuit.
In addition to withholding pay for work done before and after shifts and compensating employees for working through lunch breaks, the lawsuit claims the defendant failed to provide workers with itemized wage statements reflecting all hours worked and income earned. Furthermore, the plaintiffs claim that the defendant failed to reimburse drivers for expenses related to company cellphones workers needed to perform their job duties.
California Wage and Labor Laws
Workers in California enjoy some of the most robust protections in the entire country. In addition to enjoying the same baseline protections all hourly wage earners have under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), state laws provide workers with overtime when working more than eight hours in a single day as well as a mandated 30-minute uninterrupted meal break.
Furthermore, while the FLSA gives a three-year statute of limitation period during which workers can recover lost wages, California allows workers to recover up to four years of back pay, depending on the circumstances of the case. Workers who think they may be victims of wage theft should strongly consider speaking to an experienced and qualified unpaid overtime attorney.
Delivery Driver Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit
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Our office will also determine if it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit against your employer. Because strict time limitations apply for filing these types of claims, we advise you contact our experienced unpaid overtime wage attorneys at your earliest convenience and preserve your legal rights.