Trucking giant quietly agrees to pay truck drivers $28 million – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • A Missouri-based trucking giant is settling two class-action suits with its truck drivers, offering $28 million.
  • One of the cases against New Prime, Inc. went all the way to the Supreme Court.
  • Experts say the case and its settlement could set a precedent for truck drivers who say their companies aren’t paying fair wages.
  • Truck drivers at companies like Walmart and PAM Transport have recently sued for the right to be paid for every hour on the road. 
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After a years-long court battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court, a Missouri-based trucking giant is settling two class-action suits with its truck drivers, according to a court filing from July 20.

Up to 26,000 current and former drivers are eligible for a $28 million payout from New Prime, Inc., typically called Prime.

Both of the class-action suits — Oliveira v. New Prime and Haworth v. New Prime — involved truck drivers for Prime who claimed that they were not fairly paid. Truck driver Dominic Oliveira’s case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which unanimously sided with Oliveira’s claim.  

“We are proud of how we treat all of our associates, and we work hard to get it right,” general counsel Steve Crawford wrote in an email to Business Insider. “rtheless, we decided that moving past this litigation was the right thing to do.”

The core issue in both cases stemmed from a decades-old practice in the trucking industry in which drivers are paid per-mile, not hourly or annually. Oliveira argued that he deserved to be paid at least minimum wage.

Truck drivers spend weeks on the road for work and hours every day doing non-driving work tasks. In a 2016 study, almost 63% of truck drivers
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