Garbage men haul big business to court over dirty wage tricks. Workers recover $7 million by outlasting Waste Management.
Case in Point- 5 years in litigation leads to $7 million settlement for thousands of garbage truck drivers
A class-action wage claim against Waste Management of Massachusetts, Inc., spent five years in litigation, but the settlement was finally approved by a Massachusetts state court for $7 million. Over 1,200 garbage truck drivers succeeded in their class-action claim for unpaid overtime and wage violations against Waste Management of Massachusetts after claims that Waste Management of Massachusetts manipulated wage payroll records to deny paying drivers correct overtime pay.
A 2008 court ruling found that Waste Management of Massachusetts used an illegal payroll formula to determine the hourly rate calculated for overtime. After an extensive audit review, the parties involved attended a mediation session in 2009 and eventually led to the $7 million settlement approved by the Massachusetts court.
Many drivers will receive checks for more than double what they should have been paid (one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 per week), while some drivers will receive as much as $60,000 in back pay.
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