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Logistics Company Proposes $2.9M Settlement To End Employment Class Action

On January 10, 2018, supply chain company, Geodis LLC ("Geodis"), announced a proposed deal in which it will pay approximately $2.9 million to settle employment claims brought against Ozburn-Hessey Logistics LLC ("Ozburn-Hessey") ("Defendant"), which was acquired by Geodis in 2015.

Valeria Guerrero-Hernandez ("Plaintiff") filed the action on behalf of a class of an estimated 8,758 employees against Defendant, claiming Ozburn-Hessey used improper time calculation techniques-which, therefore, caused it to fail to timely pay all final wages and provide accurate written wage statements. Additionally, Plaintiff claims, Defendant failed to give proper meal and rest breaks, allegedly due to understaffing.

According to the settlement memorandum, the total amount of damages is approximately $3.3 million, which would equate the proposed settlement amount to approximately 88% of the total possible award. The proposed settlement class includes anyone who worked for Defendant in a non-exempt hourly position in California from April 22, 2012 through the preliminary approval date. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled for February 26, 2018.

The legal team at SFMS has significant experience litigating employment matters. If you have any questions regarding this subject or this posting, please contact Nick Lussier ([email protected]) or Chiharu Sekino ([email protected]). We can also be reached toll-free at (866) 540-5505.

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Sources

Daniels, Melissa. "Logistics Co. To Pay $2.9M To End Workers' Wage Suit." Law 360. Last modified on January 12, 2018.

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