Many companies treat truck drivers and delivery drivers as independent contractors and do not pay them overtime wages. In recent years, courts have held that drivers are employees who are entitled to the protections of state and federal wage laws. That means that many drivers are eligible for overtime pay, health benefits, and workers’ compensation insurance.
Companies like FedEx and Amazon have paid substantial settlements to resolve independent contractor misclassification claims. Some companies exercise so much control over the drivers like setting quotas on deliveries and restrictions on schedules that the drivers are effectively employees. In such situations, courts have found drivers, who were treated as independent contractors by the companies, to be employees who are eligible for protection under state and federal wage laws.
If you worked as a driver and were treated as an independent contractor, please contact the Shavitz Law Group at [email protected] or 800-616-4000. We are available for a free consultation to discuss your rights.