Swift Transportation Driver Class Action Certified
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Swift Transportation Driver Class Action Certified 

By Kimberly Mirando


Swift Transportation

(LEGAFI) --  An Arizona appeals court has given the green light to a class action lawsuit to proceed against Swift Transportation for allegedly underpaying its drivers for mileage for more than a decade. As many as 30,000 drivers are now eligible to join the newly certified class action lawsuit, which was originally denied class certification by an Arizona Superior Court judge.


The Swift Transportation class action lawsuit accuses the Phoenix-based trucking company of routinely underpaying drivers by crediting drivers for miles driven to cities, but not the miles incurred within them. In a sprawling city such as Los Angeles or Phoenix, where driving from one side of the city to the other incurs a lot of miles, means drivers were significantly shortchanged by the trucking company's policy. Court documents show that Swift’s former financial manager admitted the company consistently shorted the mileage that drivers actually log by an average of 7 to 10 percent.


The Swift Driver class action lawsuit includes all individuals employed by Swift as employee drivers on or after January 30, 1997 or contracted with Swift as owner-operator drivers on or after January 30, 1998, who were compensated by Swift by reference to miles driven.


The Swift Transportation class action is just one of several class action lawsuits against major trucking companies making news lately. FedEx Ground is facing dozens of class action lawsuits from drivers across the country who claim they’re misclassified as independent contractors in order to duck labor laws. One of the FedEx Ground class action lawsuits was settled this summer for $3 million. Sun Pacific Trucking and Pacific Green Trucking are facing a class action lawsuit from Southern California port drivers who allege they were denied minimum wage and meal and rest breaks. And last month Arrow Trucking Co. reached a $1.58 million class action settlement over abruptly firing drivers without enough notice.



Updated November 10th, 2010

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#1 dean woolley 2013-11-28 00:28
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