Swift Drivers Seek To Dodge Wage Claim Arbitration

Law360, San Francisco (May 9, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT) -- A group of interstate truck drivers embroiled in a labor dispute with Swift Transportation Co. urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to order an Arizona federal court to rule on whether their claims are exempted from federal arbitration rules.

The drivers, who claim Swift violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying them as independent contractors rather than as employees, are seeking a writ of mandamus that would force the district court to rule on whether an employer-employee relationship existed between the parties for purposes of...
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