Judge Nixes FLSA Preshift Work Class Action Against SEPTA

Law360, Philadelphia (October 1, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday tossed a Fair Labor Standards Act class action claim against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, ruling that the employees’ claims over payment for pre-shift work are subject to arbitration under the collective bargaining agreements between the parties.

A set of bus and trolley drivers claimed that SEPTA failed to compensate them for daily, pre-trip inspections they were forced to conduct off the clock before the start of their shifts. But U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky concluded the court lacked jurisdiction to...
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