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Gardner Trucking, CRST Breaks and Overtime California Class Action

This employment class action brings suit against Gardner Trucking, Inc. and CRST Expedited, Inc. for violations of California’s Labor Code and its Business and Professions Code. The violations include such things as failure to provide employees with proper meal and rest periods; failure to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked; failure to pay overtime at the proper rate; and failure to reimburse employees for business expenses.

The plaintiff in this case, Kasper Leuzinger, is a current employee of Gardner Trucking who has worked for the company since around January 2019 as an hourly, nonexempt employee.

Leuzinger alleges that he and others regularly worked an eight- to twelve-hour day without being allowed to take the required first or second meal breaks. Also, the complaint says, they “experienced compensable, but unpaid, time having to wait for their time clock system to boot up, thus prohibiting them from taking the timely meal periods and rest breaks to which they were entitled.”

They were also not permitted to enjoy their entire meal or rest periods because of such things as chronic understaffing, assigning employees too much work, and interrupting them with calls and texts during meal breaks.

Additional items in the complaint include requiring employees to work off-the-clock; failing to pay employees time-and-a-half and double-time wages, even for sixteen-hour days; not providing accurate wage statements; and not reimbursing employees for business expenses, such as phones, strap rollers, and other tools.

Four classes have been defined for this action:

  • The Hourly Employee Class is all persons employed by Gardner Trucking or CRST Expedited, or staffing agencies or other third parties, in hourly or non-exempt positions in California, between June 28, 2017 and the date judgment is entered in this case. This class includes Meal Period, Rest Period, and Waiting Time Subclasses.
  • The Wage Statement Penalties Class is all persons employed by Gardner Trucking or CRST Expedited, or staffing agencies or other third parties in California, between June 28, 2020 and the date judgment is entered in this case.
  • The UCL Class is all members of the Hourly Employee Class employed by Gardner Trucking or CRST Expedited in California between June 28, 2017 and the date judgment is entered in this case.
  • The Expense Reimbursement Class is all persons employed employed by Gardner Trucking or CRST Expedited in California who incurred business expenses between June 28, 2017 and the date judgment is entered in this case.
Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Employment

Most Recent Case Event

Gardner Trucking, CRST Breaks and Overtime California Complaint

June 28, 2021

This employment class action brings suit against Gardner Trucking, Inc. and CRST Expedited, Inc. for violations of California’s Labor Code and its Business and Professions Code. The violations include such things as failure to provide employees with proper meal and rest periods; failure to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked; failure to pay overtime at the proper rate; and failure to reimburse employees for business expenses.

Gardner Trucking, CRST Breaks and Overtime California Complaint

Case Event History

Gardner Trucking, CRST Breaks and Overtime California Complaint

June 28, 2021

This employment class action brings suit against Gardner Trucking, Inc. and CRST Expedited, Inc. for violations of California’s Labor Code and its Business and Professions Code. The violations include such things as failure to provide employees with proper meal and rest periods; failure to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked; failure to pay overtime at the proper rate; and failure to reimburse employees for business expenses.

Gardner Trucking, CRST Breaks and Overtime California Complaint
Tags: Employment Violations, Failure to Allow for/Figure in Break Time, Minimum Wage Violations, Overtime Not Paid at Overtime Rates, Work Expenses