9th Circ. Says FedEx Drivers Employees, Not Contractors

Law360, New York (August 27, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that FedEx Ground misclassified truck drivers in California and Oregon as independent contractors, saying the drivers were employees who could, in turn, pursue class allegations that they were short-changed on benefits and wages.

A three-judge appellate panel overturned a lower court's summary judgment in favor of FedEx Corp.'s FedEx Ground Package System Inc., finding that truck drivers who delivered packages for FedEx in California and Oregon should have been considered employees.

The California case was brought by a proposed class comprising drivers who delivered FedEx packages between 2000 and 2007, while the Oregon case was...

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