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San Diego Reaches Settlement with Trash Truck Drivers

San Diego has agreed to pay $500,000 to trash truck drivers to settle a 2014 dispute over wages deducted from their paychecks for taking lunch breaks.

San Diego has agreed to pay $500,000 to trash truck drivers to settle a 2014 dispute over wages deducted from their paychecks for taking lunch breaks. Drivers are required to stay on their collection routes while eating lunch, but the city deducted half an hour for a lunch break each shift.

The San Diego City Council approved the settlement last week, but the settlement still needs final approval from a judge because it’s a class action lawsuit that could potentially affect hundreds of drivers.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has more details:

San Diego has agreed to pay $500,000 to drivers of city trash trucks to settle a dispute over wages deducted from their paychecks for taking lunch breaks.

A class action lawsuit filed in 2014 claims the city failed to properly pay hundreds of drivers by deducting half an hour for a lunch break each shift, even though drivers are required to stay on their collection routes while eating lunch.

The city, which declined to admit any wrongdoing despite agreeing to a settlement, contends it doesn’t owe the wages because its status as a “charter city” exempts it from applicable state laws.

Read the full story here.

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