A California wage and hour class action lawsuit was filed recently by two port drivers, against the owner of Sun Pacific Trucking and Pacific Green Trucking--companies that serve the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, California. The lawsuit alleges that the owner violated many employment laws including wage theft.
According to the lawsuit, Sun Pacific Trucking, a company that was based in Wilmington, failed to offer many California drivers minimum wage payments as well as their legally entitled meal and rest break periods.
One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit reportedly claims that Sun Pacific would frequently ask him to work extra hours here and there, with no compensation for his time. The plaintiff claims that the hours would quickly add up, but with no payment to reflect his hard work.
According to the Daily Breeze, Adam Luetto, the plaintiffs' attorney in the lawsuit, claims that these port drivers are tired of driving for long hours with no breaks for overtime work that they aren't paid for. The workers claim that they want their employer to take responsibility for these California employment violations, and to pay them according to their legal rights.
Jerry Brown, Attorney General for California, has reportedly prosecuted several port trucking companies for engaging in employee misclassification, and for failing to provide them with Social Security, worker's compensation, and Medicare benefits among other employment benefits.
Employee misclassification occurs when employers incorrectly classify employees as "exempt," meaning that the employee is not entitled to overtime pay or other wage and hour benefits that are usually available to non-exempt employees. Our attorneys at Howard Law, PC are committed to representing individuals who have experienced employee misclassification, and other employment violations of California Labor in Orange County, California.
Class-action Suit Filed Against Wilmington Truck Company, Daily Breeze.com, June 30, 2010
Port Truckers File Class Action Suit Claiming Wage Theft, Trucking Info.com, July 1, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH): The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)