Calif. Truckers' $13M Wage Deal Gets Court's Initial OK

Law360, New York (July 12, 2016, 8:18 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge preliminarily approved a $13.5 million settlement Tuesday of allegations that trucking company Exel Direct Inc. denied its delivery drivers rest breaks and failed to properly pay them flat, overtime and minimum wages, saying the deal is reasonable.

The three truck drivers had asked the court in June to approve the deal, which they said was reached “on the eve of trial” after four years of “hard-fought litigation” and will provide substantial payouts to 386 drivers. In his order Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero noted that he would also grant the drivers’ bid to file an...

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