DHL Delivery Driver Lawsuit
Last Updated on April 7, 2023
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who worked for a logistics company delivering packages for DHL, such as SER Enterprises or Sidwell Air Freight.
- What’s Going On?
- Lawsuits have been filed alleging certain delivery drivers working on behalf of DHL haven’t been paid properly. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now looking for more people to come forward.
- How Could a Lawsuit Help?
- A lawsuit, if successful, could help delivery drivers get back any wages they’re owed and help ensure they’re paid properly in the future.
- What Can I Do?
- If you’ve delivered packages on behalf of DHL, fill out the form on this page. An attorney or legal representative may then reach out to you directly to tell you more about how you can help this legal investigation.
If you’ve worked for a logistics company delivering packages for DHL, you may be owed unpaid overtime wages.
A handful of lawsuits have been filed alleging some drivers who deliver packages for DHL haven’t been paid properly, and attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to hear from more people to help the litigation.
Fill out the form on this page to tell us about your experience. After you get in touch, an attorney or legal representative may reach out to you to ask you a few questions.
What’s Going On Exactly?
In order to meet increasing demand for delivery services, DHL introduced a new program called DHL eCommerce. As part of the program, DHL contracts with local and regional delivery vendors like SER or Sidwell to provide delivery services to customers’ doors
Though delivery drivers are provided with DHL-branded vans, uniforms and scanning devices, it’s been alleged that the company hasn’t done its part to ensure the workers are paid proper overtime wages.
Now, lawsuits have been filed claiming certain logistics companies have violated wage and hour laws and that DHL is partially responsible.
What Do the Lawsuits Say, Exactly?
The cases claim that although the delivery drivers and couriers are paid by third-party logistic vendors like SER and Sidwell, the companies’ ability to compensate courier drivers for their overtime work is dictated by policies and expectations set by DHL.
According to the suits, DHL also “oversees and controls” courier drivers’ delivery routes, work schedules and work conditions but attempts to “shield itself from liability” for wage violations by relying on third-party vendors to provide drivers to deliver goods on its behalf.
The filings allege that DHL and companies like SER and Sidwell ultimately operate as “joint employers” of the delivery drivers and couriers and are therefore all responsible for ensuring their workers are paid proper overtime wages.
Some wage issues DHL delivery drivers have complained about include:
- Working more than 40 hours per week without time-and-a-half overtime pay
- Working before or after their scheduled shifts without compensation
- Not getting proper breaks
- Working off the clock
- Working for a flat day rate that doesn’t include proper overtime wages
Additionally, in one complaint filed against DHL and SER, two former courier drivers say the companies automatically deducted 30 minutes of pay from their wages for a lunch period, even though they regularly had to work through their meal breaks to keep up with the “heavy workload and grueling schedules” they were assigned.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A lawsuit could help DHL delivery drivers get back any overtime wages they’re owed and force DHL to make sure drivers are paid properly in the future.
If you’ve delivered packages for DHL, find out more by filling out the form on this page. It won’t cost you anything to get in touch, and you won’t be obligated to take legal action if you don’t want to.
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