Seven Los Angeles area truckers paid as independent contractors but allegedly treated as employees have filed state wage theft claims seeking an average of $153,150 per driver.
The Teamster-backed Justice for Port Drivers says California Multimodal made illegal deductions to the truckers’ paychecks and did not reimburse business expenses. The 275-truck carrier also violated state law by not paying meal and rest break premiums, minimum wage for all hours worked and waiting time penalties, the organization stated.The California-based CMI, whose parent company, Cal Cartage, was purchased by the New Jersey-based NFI Oct. 2, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Citing existing research into the matter and a major investigative report from USA Today showing that such deductions leave drivers with little actual take-home pay, …
These claims filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Oct. 20 are similar to at least 27 others pending with agency against California Cartage. Since 2015, the company has appealed nine DLSE cases after the agency concluded the claimants were employees misclassified as contractors. Seven remain pending in California’s Superior Court after the company settled two.