From NYS Attorney General's Office:
A.G. UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH FEDEX FOR MISCLASSIFYING AND UNDERPAYING ITS DELIVERY DRIVERS
Agreement Creates $2 Million Fund for Hundreds of FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Drivers to Receive Restitution for Unpaid Overtime and Unlawful Wage Deductions
NEW YORK – Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced the settlement of a lawsuit against FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (“FedEx Ground”) that will distribute $2 million to an estimated 500 qualifying drivers who delivered packages for FedEx Ground and its division, FedEx Home Delivery. The Attorney General filed the lawsuit in October 2010 in the Supreme Court for New York County, alleging that these drivers had been unlawfully misclassified as independent contractors and were, in fact, employees. The Attorney General’s action sought restitution for violations of New York Labor Law, including unpaid overtime and unlawful deductions from wages.
Since 2011, the New York Attorney General’s office has recovered over $33 million in stolen wages for 22,000 workers across New York.
The settlement fund will be distributed to two classes of affected FedEx drivers. One class covers unpaid overtime claims for current and former FedEx Ground and FedEx Home drivers who entered into an operating agreement with FedEx on or after August 10, 2005, provided services to FedEx Ground up to September 2016, and drove over 40 hours in a week. The second class covers unlawful deductions claims for current and former FedEx Ground and FedEx Home drivers who entered into an operating agreement with FedEx Ground between October 15, 2007 and September 11, 2009 and provided services to FedEx Ground up to September 2016.
Qualifying drivers will be sent notice by the claims administrator and be required to submit a claim form in order to qualify for payment from the settlement fund. The settlement sets a timetable for sending notice and processing claims that will commence after court approval of the settlement agreement, which was filed today in New York County Supreme Court.
This settlement is part of the Attorney General’s continuing efforts to hold accountable employers who evade labor law requirements by improperly classifying workers as independent contractors. Employers who do so deny legally required wages, benefits, and protections to their employees, such as reimbursement for employee’s out-of-pocket, work-related expenses, overtime pay for hours over 40 in a workweek, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.