Truck Drivers Sue Werner Over Pay Practices

By Ama Sarfo (August 30, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT) -- A group of truck drivers accused Werner Enterprises Inc. of using unfair rest and meal break reporting policies to pay new employees less than minimum wage, according to a proposed class action suit filed in Nebraska district court on Tuesday.

Lead plaintiff Philip Petrone alleged that Werner's Student Driver Program, a mandatory six- to eight-week course for new hires, violated Nebraska labor laws by reducing employee wages for virtually all rest and meal breaks, including breaks that are too short to be considered off the clock. The suit also names Drivers Management LLC, a Werner subsidiary that administers the Student Driver...

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