Calif. Driver Scores Class Cert. In Trucking Co. Wage Spat

By Linda Chiem (May 30, 2019, 8:44 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday partially certified a wage-and-hour class action alleging trucking company John Christner Trucking LLC misclassified drivers as independent contractors, saying common questions on the company's piece-rate pay plan can be ironed out on a classwide basis.

U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal partially granted plaintiff Carlos Moreno's motion to certify a class of all California drivers who had a contract-carrier agreement with JCT and claimed they were denied proper meal breaks. Judge Bernal said Moreno's claim that JCT's strict schedules "created an incentive for drivers to skip meal breaks" and that JCT didn't compensate drivers for...

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