The problem. With its notoriously long hours, wages that fail to keep up with inflation, and unpredictable schedules that interfere with family time, trucking industry work can be grueling. According to “[a] 2010 survey by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health . . . long-haul truck divers work 50 percent more hours than typical workers” because of “economic pressures.” Business Insider reports that “truckers’ hourly pay, when adjusted for inflation, has dropped by as much as 35%” since the 1970s and 1980s, based on a study of data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The impact. These conditions translate to truck drivers being underpaid, working longer hours to afford the basics, and spending less time with their families.
The solution. At Outten & Golden, we’re committed to ensuring that companies pay their employees fairly under the law. Under federal and state wage and hour law, when a company fails to pay proper wages, that company is responsible to pay for that harm.
The investigation. Our firm is investigating whether certain trucking and logistics companies pay their truck driving employees less than what they are owed under federal and state law. If you are a truck driver and you are not paid for your time waiting for load assignments, loading and unloading cargo, attending orientation, training, shadowing more experienced drivers, or other aspects of your work, you may be entitled to wages under federal and state law for uncompensated work time.