It´s been nine years since a class-action lawsuit related to the California rest break and meal law was filed against Penske Logistics by a group of truckers. After all these years of litigation, the company finally has agreed to pay an amount of $750,000 to split between 344 truckers.
During this time, Penske appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and failed to try a Supreme Court review. Last February, both parties came to preliminary agreement. This settlement is still subject to be approved by the court in May.
The company did not recognize any infraction and affirmed that they would like to put an end to this prolonged litigation. After different deductions, such as attorney’s fee, every class member will receive proximally a net payment of $965.
This money will be addressed to the people employed by the company in California as installers/helpers or installers/drivers allocated to Whirlpool Account between January 17, 2004 until December 31, 2009.
California’s rest break and meal law obligates employers to give a 30 minutes meal break to the employed who works more than 5 hours per day. And for the case of people who work more than 10 hours per day, the law also obligates to give a second 30 minutes meal break.