John Christner Trucking, LLC (JCT) is facing a proposed class and collective action filed by a former employee who claims he was misclassified as an independent contractor and denied proper wages. According to the suit, JCT exercised a significant amount of control over its truck drivers, including their routes, the tools and equipment they used, their rate of pay, where they stopped to fuel up their trucks, and their ability to work for another trucking company. The complaint claims that this relationship reflects an employer-employee relationship and that truck drivers should have received overtime compensation as a result.
The suit further claims that JCT denied drivers proper compensation by unlawfully deducting expenses from their wages – such as truck lease payments, gasoline, and equipment – and by paying them per mile instead of per hour.
Additionally, the plaintiff alleges that truck drivers were rarely permitted to take breaks and were not provided with required wage documents.