On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Forester Haynie filed a complaint initiating an FLSA lawsuit against Trinity Couriers, Inc. Trinity Couriers is a third-party courier company operating under Amazon that pays its employees to deliver packages to Amazon customers. However, Trinity Couriers should be no stranger to legal battles since this is the second lawsuit filed against them in the last two years due to federal labor violations.
Trinity Couriers were sued back in 2017 for the same labor violations its current employees are exposed to. In 2017 over 200 of Trinity Couriers “similarly situated” employees opted-in to the collective action lawsuit which resulted in a large settlement paid out by Trinity Couriers to its employees.
Even after two years, this company continues to exploit its employees through the harsh work environment and failure to adequately compensate them for the work done. Much like the opt-ins from the 2017 lawsuit, the current employees are still paid on a day-rate basis of as low as $153.00 per day but are expected to complete each delivery regardless of the amount of time it takes. With each employee being assigned anywhere from 200-300 packages a day compounded with the weather and other extenuating circumstances, this can take well over 8 hours a day.
Additionally, the company does not pay its employees any overtime despite working in excess of 40 hours per week. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees are entitled to time and one half for each hour worked in excess of 40 per week. Trinity Couriers’ continuous failure to comply with federal labor requirements, such as minimum wage and overtime pay, has led to its employees seeking back pay for these wages.
Subsequently, as long as these third-party courier companies continue to expose their employees to unlawful labor violations, they will be required to accept liability for their actions. If you or someone you know works under these same unlawful conditions but is not being paid the wages they are entitled to, please contact the experienced attorneys at Forester Haynie, PLLC.