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California port truck drivers awarded over $1.2 million for wage theft

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, April 17, 2019)

PORT OF LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ten California port truck drivers who haul cargo for Best Buy, Puma and Lowe’s have been awarded more than $1.2 million by the California Labor Commissioner for wage theft due to misclassification as independent contractors.

The decision orders K&R Transportation, which was purchased by NFI Industries in 2017, to pay the drivers for unpaid wages, unpaid meal and rest breaks and illegal paycheck deductions based on claims filed in 2017. The company has until April 25, 2019, to either appeal or pay the drivers the amounts owed; if they do neither, then the decisions will become final judgments. If final judgments go unpaid, K&R’s customers could be held liable for future claims under California’s new joint liability law, Senate Bill 1402.

Full story: www.teamster.org

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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