Truck Drivers – Owner Operators
Trucking companies frequently treat the drivers who lease trucks from subsidiaries as independent contractors, when by law, they should be treated as employees. By treating drivers as contractors, trucking companies may illegally shift various costs and business risk to the drivers and illegally fail to pay drivers the minimum wage. The result of a mis-classification, if proven, is that various charges, such as truck lease, insurance, tolls, administrative costs, and QualComm would be illegal deductions from the drivers’ wages in many states. Some trucking companies also operate a scheme to coerce owner operators to work for the company for years at a time, under threat of being required to pay all remaining lease payments (and suffer a negative DAC report) should they give up their leased truck.
Getman, Sweeney & Dunn is handling numerous trucking cases, including against Schneider National, CRST, Rail Delivery Services, and Western Express. We’ve also resolved other trucking cases against Swift Transportation and Central Refrigerated.
If you were a trucker treated similarly to an employee but were labeled as an “owner-operator,” and would like to speak with us about whether you were paid all wages you were owed, please send us the information needed by filling out the Industry Inquiry form. Alternatively, you can also fill out the short survey below.
If you work in this industry and would like to speak with us about whether you were paid all wages you were owed, please send us the information needed by filling out the Industry Inquiry form.