Student Truckers Awarded $780K From Werner For Break Pay

Law360, New York (May 24, 2017, 8:31 PM EDT) -- A Nebraska federal jury decided on Tuesday that Werner Enterprises Inc. and a subsidiary owed a class of around 52,000 student truck drivers almost $780,000 over allegations the company failed to pay the students for short rest breaks of 20 minutes or less in violation of minimum wage laws.

On a separate question, the jury decided against the class’ allegation that Werner, and Drivers Management LLC, a subsidiary that trains and employs truck drivers, did not pay them for hours logged in a sleeper compartment, known as a sleeper berth, beyond eight hours. Plaintiffs alleged that the company had a policy...

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