Amazon is arguably
the online retail source to go to when you need virtually anything and you
want it soon. After launching its Prime Now program – which promises
delivery within just an hour or two to clients in certain cities –
it seemed the company was breaking ground on an innovative service that
was sure to bring them even more success.
The program has run headfirst into a legal snag, however, stemming from
unpaid overtime accusations that four of the company’s delivery
drivers have filed. They claim that they have been wrongly identified
within Amazon’s infrastructure as “independent contractors,”
which makes them ineligible for certain benefits including overtime pay,
when they are actually and clearly regular employees. They claim that
they must wear company-provided uniforms, perform regularly scheduled
shifts, and even get their tasks directly from Amazon, not the courier
contractor that brought them into the program.
Interestingly enough, FedEx was hit with a strikingly similar lawsuit earlier
in 2015. The result was a pay out of more than $225 million to drivers
who had also been labeled as independent contractors and not true employees.
The real kicker? The attorney who represented them is also fronting the
Amazon Prime Now class action.
Keeping Big Corporations in Check
Although the motivations behind Amazon’s decision to classify their
Prime Now drivers as contractors has not been explicitly stated, there
seems to be a common trend of big companies using legal loopholes to try
to save themselves money. At Moore & Associates, our Houston employment
law attorneys are always on the lookout for one-sided business practices
that unfairly hurt the working American. If you are in a sticky situation
caused by what you believe to be a violation of your rights as an employee
in Texas, you can
contact us at
713.581.9001 for help. A
past verdict of ours includes successfully winning payment for medical transportation
drivers who were not receiving proper overtime pay, so we are confident
we can handle whatever case you have for us.
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free initial consultation now!