In a recent blog, our Anaheim, California employment and labor lawyers discussed a September employee misclassification ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge in Indiana who found FedEx ground drivers to be independent contractors and not employees under Kansas law. Judge Robert L. Miller's ruling reportedly shocked drivers, as it was in direct conflict with a 2007 California appellate decision.
FedEx drivers across the country have long been accusing the shipping company of employee misclassification, for being classified as independent contractors instead of employees which they allege violates their wage and hour rights, and the right to full benefits.
According Bloomberg, earlier this month, Judge Miller again sided mostly with FedEx in the multi-district class-action lawsuit, ruling that drivers should be classified as independent contractors and not employees--which would save the shipping company a potential rise in operating costs as well as overtime and back wage damages. These cases are reportedly part of a multidistrict litigation, where lawsuits filed in courts across the country are allowed to be consolidated in front of a single judge, in this case Judge Miller, for pretrial hearings. Miller's rulings reportedly address whether FedEx drivers presented that they were clearly misclassified under each individual state's laws.