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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Settlement Reached in Werner Wage and Hour Case

Woo hooo! If you attended a 3 day Werner orientation between 2007 and 2012, you are eligible to receive compensation of $29.67! Imagine what you can do with all that! The lawyers get $352,000.00. Now, that's justice for one and all! Thanks to Landline Magazine for the story. Link to their site follows.
By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer

Pending the court’s final approval, Werner Enterprises of Omaha, NE, has agreed to pay $575,000 to settle a wage and hour class action lawsuit with former drivers who attended new hire orientation at its Fontana, CA, terminal.
According to court documents, Werner provided the names and addresses of more than 7,500 drivers who attended orientation at its Fontana terminal from Jan. 18, 2007, through May 18, 2012. Drivers who attended, but did not complete, orientation are eligible for approximately $20, if the class settlement is approved, while drivers who attended and completed orientation are eligible for approximately $29.67. More than $352,000 of the proposed amount will go to pay attorney’s fees, litigation fees, claims administrator fees and to compensate Simona Montalvo, the class representative plaintiff.

In January 2011, former Werner driver Montalvo filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, against Werner. The lawsuit alleges the company violated California law by failing to pay drivers minimum wage for all of the hours they worked while attending the three-day orientation.

If approved by the court, the settlement payments will be sent out approximately 60 to 90 days later. All inquiries by class members are directed to call the settlement administrator, Rust Consulting, Inc., at 877-477-0959.
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