Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) reports that a settlement of allegations that truck drivers in California were misclassified was presented to federal court for its approval.
Trucking company J.B. Hunt and attorneys representing drivers are asking a federal court to approve a $6.5 million settlement in a misclassification lawsuit, according to a filing in federal court in California on Monday. The class-action lawsuit involves 312 independent contractor truck drivers that primarily drove within California.
The lawsuit claimed the company misclassified workers as independent contractors but treated them as employees, according to the filing. As a result, workers were denied the benefits of employment and required to pay expenses that employee drivers would not be required to pay.
J.B. Hunt has denied the claims in the lawsuit, but it felt the case would be protracted and expensive. In addition, the settlement would limit further expense and distraction, according to the settlement filing with the court.
The lawsuit was first filed in state court on June 25, 2018.