Anyone who worked as a driver or trash collector for Waste Management since 2015.
What’s Going On?
Waste Management, Inc. has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging it failed to pay its drivers and trash collectors properly.
How Can a Lawsuit Help?
A lawsuit can help workers collect any wages that they should have been paid – but weren’t – and potentially force the company to change the way it pays its drivers.
OK. What Can I Do?
Fill out the form on this page and one of the attorneys handling this investigation may reach out to you directly.
Can I Get Fired for Contacting You Guys?
Federal law prohibits companies from retaliating against employees who exercise their legal rights. And, you’re never obligated to take legal action after contacting us or speaking with an attorney.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to hear from anyone who worked as a driver and/or trash collector for Waste Management, Inc. since 2015.
A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging the company is cheating these workers out of proper pay – and more people are needed to come forward to strengthen the litigation. Fill out the form on this page to find out what you can do, or read on for more.
Why Was Waste Management Sued?
The class action lawsuit claims that the company failed to pay its trash collectors and drivers for time worked before their shifts and automatically deducted time for lunch breaks even when they weren’t taken. As a result, the lawsuit claims that the drivers/trash collectors were cheated out of proper wages, including time-and-a-half overtime pay.
Driver Claims He Worked Off the Clock without Pay
Before beginning their routes, Waste Management drivers must attend mandatory morning meetings, the lawsuit claims. They are also allegedly required to perform a variety of tasks without pay before these meetings begin.
These pre-meeting tasks include:
Performing pre-trip inspections
Putting on protective equipment
Reviewing the day’s work on Waste Management computer tablets
Changing work orders
Reviewing paperwork and manifests
Finalizing the day’s route
The lawsuit claims that Waste Management only allowed its drivers to clock in 15 minutes before these mandatory meetings – but, even still, did not pay its workers for these 15 minutes or for tasks performed prior to clocking in. Federal law requires that all time an employee spends working – regardless of whether he or she is “clocked in” – must be paid.
Lunch Breaks Automatically Deducted, Driver Says
The lawsuit claims that Waste Management required its drivers to take 30 minutes for lunch every day. Due to heavy workloads, however, some drivers say that they had to work through their lunch breaks several times a week.
The issue here is that the daily, 30-minute breaks were automatically deducted from drivers’ total hours worked, the suit says, meaning drivers weren’t paid for working through their lunches. Federal law requires that lunch breaks must be paid if the worker is not fully relieved of his or her duties.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A lawsuit could help drivers collect money for any time spent working without pay and time-and-a-half overtime wages if their off-the-clock work required them to work more than 40 hours a week. Further, it could require the company to change the way it pays its employees.
One driver claims that he worked nearly three hours off the clock each week – and that his fellow drivers put in similar hours. The man reportedly told his supervisors about the problem but claims that no changes have been made and drivers continue to go unpaid for the time spent working before their morning meetings.
If you would like to learn more about this lawsuit, fill out the form on this page. Federal law prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who exercise their legal rights.