Monthly Archives: January 2019
Schneider Wallace Wins Summary Judgment On Behalf Of Over 10,000 Truckers On December 28, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona ruled that North American trucking giant Swift Transportation violated federal minimum wage laws by not paying its trainee truck drivers for hundreds of thousands of compensable hours. Schneider Wallace represents more than 10,000 trainee truckers who had several hours of pay wrongly deducted on a daily basis as a result of Swift’s unlawful policies. Schneider Wallace presented uncontroverted evidence that Swift—the largest common carrier in the United States—routinely confined the trainees to a bunk bed in the truck’s cramped “sleeper berth” for more than 15 hours a day without pay, often while the truck was moving. In a 36-page order granting the Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, Judge Roslyn Silver of the District of Arizona described Swift’s practices as “draconian” and “uniquely harsh,” ruling that the trainees are entitled to minimum wage for numerous unpaid hours confined to the truck. The case will proceed to a trial on damages in early 2019.