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Ninth Circuit Rules Truck Drivers Were Employees, Not Independent Contracts

Plaintiffs worked as delivery drivers for defendant Affinity Logistics in California. Plaintiffs filed a class action suit claiming that they had been improperly classified as independent contractors when they should have been deemed employees because of the amount of control Affinity exerted over their day-to-day driving and delivery activities. Plaintiffs lost a four-day bench trial in December 2009, but on appeal to the Ninth Circuit, that court vacated the decision of the trial court on the ground that the judge had appealed to the Ninth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit again reversed in favor of the drivers. Affinity filed a Petition for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court that was denied on December 15, 2014. The case is now back in the district court where the drivers are pursuing their claims for damages resulting from the misclassification of their employment status.

readerUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      (June 16, 2014)