Swift Transportation Co. * USA: Truckers are not independent drivers
* DC - Federal Judge rules Swift misclassified truck drivers as independent contractors
Swift Transportation Co. determining that five drivers classified as independent contractors should have been considered employees of the giant carrier... The plaintiffs claimed in the case that due to the misclassification Swift failed to pay them all the wages required by federal and state wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act... The drivers considered themselves to be employees because Swift controlled every aspect of their work schedules – from where and how the plaintiffs delivered freight to which routes the truckers had to use... Swift also controlled the equipment the truckers used, including the maintenance and condition of the trucks, the lawsuit said... Senior U.S. District Court Judge, John W. Sedwick, ruled on Jan. 5 that the contractor agreements the drivers signed were employment contracts, making them employees... Upon hire, the plaintiffs were forced to sign employment and lease contracts before going to work for the Phoenix, Ariz.-based trucking giant... Swift employs more than 16,000 drivers and is the largest common carrier in the U.S. ... Swift did not respond to a request for comment about the case...
(Photo: Flickr - Kenworth Studio Sleeper, 53' Swift Transportation) -- Washington, DC, USA - Trucks.com, by CLARISSA HAWES - JAN 11, 2017