Drivers Launch Class Action Suit Against Amazon For Host Of Wage & Benefits Complaints
Amazon.com, Inc. is facing several class action complaints from drivers who said they were hired to deliver packages for Amazon’s Prime Now service. The class action complaint was filed at the Superior court for the State of California in Los Angeles and it alleges that the online retail giant failed to pay them minimum wage among other things.Advertisement
According to a copy of the complaint obtained by the Consumerist, drivers Taree Truong, Khaled Alkojak, Olga Georgieva, and Cynthia Miller are named the primary plaintifs. They claim that there were drivers hired by company Scoobeez to work exclusively for Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service. This makes them (and other drivers in the same situation) “jointly employed” by Scoobeez, Amazon.com, Inc. and Scoobeez parent company, ABT Holdings, Inc. All three companies have been named as defendants in the complaint.
Their job requires them to deliver packages to Amazon Prime Now customers who have opted for either the one-hour or two-hour delivery service. Moreover, the four drivers also said that they even wear a uniform when they are delivering packages so that customers can readily recognize them as representatives from Amazon Prime Now. However, the four drivers allege that since Amazon has classified them as “independent contractors,” they have been denied the benefits and protections of the California employment law.
Moreover, the complaint also asserts that all three defendants practiced “unlawful conduct” as they had allegedly violated the the California Labor Code, the IWC wage orders, and THE Unfair Competition Law (UCL). This means that they had failed to pay minimum wage, overtime compensation as well as reporting time pay. Furthermore, Amazon and its co-defendants have also allegedly failed to reimburse its Prime Now drivers for expenses and losses incurred due to the job.
With regard to the pay, the drivers have said they were originally told that they would receive $11 per hour plus an additional $2.50 per delivery drop as well as tips. Around mid-September this year, Scoobeez reportedly required drivers to sign a new contract, which states they are agreeing to just be paid $11 per hour plus tips. The per drop delivery incentive was eliminated. In addition, the drivers also allege that they weren’t paid premium rates for overtime work.
Moreover, the complaint also alleges that Amazon and its co-defendants have failed to provide accurate wage statements as well as payroll records. In addition, the company also reportedly failed to provide meal times to Prime Now drivers.
The plaintiffs are seeking for relief, although no amount was specified.