Garbage truck drivers owed FLSA overtime - Get $7 million settlement after 5 year court battle

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Garbage men haul big business to court over dirty wage tricks. Workers recover $7 million by outlasting Waste Management.

One of the most common questions our employment lawyers hear is, "How long will an overtime case take?" Each case is different so the answer is not always clear-cut. When a case ends up going to trial the timeframe for a wage or overtime claim can increase significantly. Some of the biggest cases can take years in litigation, but many times the results justify the wait.

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.

Wage and Overtime 101 

Part 1: Overtime and Wage Violation Rates - No Industry is Immune
Part 2: The Basics of Overtime and Wage Claims Under the FLSA
Part 3: Wage and Overtime Lawsuits - Your Options
Part 4: Basic Timeline of a Wage and Overtime Lawsuit

Kennedy Hodges does not represent the case above, but we have recovered back pay for employees in all industries nationwide. Call our office toll-free for a free wage and overtime case review.

 

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