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    0.110
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    10,502.790
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  • TLT.USA
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Last MileLegal issuesNews

XPO unit, California workers propose $5.5 million settlement to end classification fight

The last-mile delivery unit of XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE:XPO) and a class of nearly 3,800 workers under contract with the XPO unit’s trucking service providers have agreed to a $5.5 million settlement to resolve allegations the unit violated California labor laws by denying the workers proper minimum and overtime wages, meal and rest breaks.

The proposed settlement, which now awaits approval by a federal district court in California, would end a nearly three-year legal fight between the unit and the workers. Under the settlement’s terms, each class member will receive $931, while plaintiffs’ attorneys will be awarded $1.4 million in fees. The settlement was reached during mediation last February.

The dispute stemmed from the class’ allegation that the unit effectively employed the workers because it controlled how they conducted their day. However, attorneys for the class, which consists of 1,981 drivers and 1,781 helpers, said in a motion filed August 16 that there was no guarantee that the court would concur. Because an adverse ruling would destroy their case, reaching a settlement became a more pragmatic option, the attorneys said.

The validity of the workers’ claims rested on proving the XPO unit was their employer, an uphill battle considering it contracts operations to outside trucking firms that hire, fire, pay and schedule the workers. XPO Last-Mile could persuasively argue that the liability would turn on whether the contractors had meal and rest break policies in effect, not on whether the unit did, the plaintiffs’ attorneys admitted.

Even if the court ruled that the XPO unit was the legal employer, the unit would argue that it shared the employment responsibility with the contracted carriers. The workers would then have to pursue their claims with the various carriers.

Given those realities, the plaintiffs’ claims “faced significant challenges that had to be considered in exploring (a) class-wide settlement,” the attorneys wrote.

Attorneys representing the XPO unit were unavailable for comment on August 20.

The dispute began when Kevin Kramer initially filed a complaint in California state court in September 2016. Kramer’s complaint was consolidated with another proposed class action suit filed by Hector Ibanez in 2017.

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Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.

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  1. XPO, after losing business from Amazon slashed their rates and started to figure out loop holes on how not to pay accessorial charges. They pay 1.5 USD a mile on most lanes in the east coast, and refuse to pay for charges that occur from their own decisions.

    Freight waves wrote that a truck costs 180k USD to operate for the year. That’s 15k a month. Drivers have to do 10k miles a month to break even. Thats on average 500/m a day. Add detention time that doesn’t get, and you get the picture.

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