A proposed class and collective action has been filed against Freedom 1st Transportation, LLC and an individual with control of the business alleging labor law violations. The three named plaintiffs, one current and two former employees, say they were responsible for transporting special needs, disabled, and elderly individuals to and from their appointments, but were not paid for all the hours they worked. Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that they were only compensated for the hours between the time they “rolled-off” the defendants’ parking lot and “rolled-in” at the end of each day, which didn’t include the time they spent each morning on a “Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection” and the time they spent parking their vehicles and accounting for receipts after returning to the lot. The suit claims they sometimes would not be paid for travel time between passenger locations or to mandatory training programs that were over an hour away.
On top of that, the complaint alleges that the defendants unlawfully deducted from employees’ wages fines for traffic violations.
One of the plaintiffs claims the defendants retaliated against her for complaining about their pay practices by reducing her hours and compensation.