The recent holidays saw even more consumers shopping online. This resulted in more packages arriving at customers’ doorsteps in West Virginia and across the country, many delivered by United Parcel Service. Like many businesses, UPS frequently hires extra workers to help with the holiday rush. However, some temporary employees claim that the giant package delivery company owes them for unpaid wages.
UPS employs about 500,000 people internationally. During the holidays, however, the company adds another 100,000 workers to its payroll to handle the massive increase in deliveries. Recently, two of those seasonal employees filed a lawsuit against UPS that has obtained class action status.
The employees claim that their pay for a day’s work at UPS did not begin until they scanned the first package they delivered that day. Many seasonal workers arrive hours before this event. They may sort packages, load trucks and perform other tasks before riding with a driver to the delivery route. Additionally, they may perform other tasks after they deliver their last package and return to the facility. However, the lawsuit claims that the scan of their last package effectively clocked them out from work.
The law forbids employers from forcing or allowing employees to work off the clock. For these workers, however, losing the hours before and after delivery may have amounted to as much as $90 a day of unpaid wages. Since delivery employees typically work more than 40 hours a week during peak months, many may have also been denied the right to overtime pay. Seeking to reclaim these lost wages can be a challenge, but a determined West Virginia attorney may have the resources for helping one obtain that goal.