California Court Says Walmart Must Pay Truck Drivers for Rest Breaks
While famously well-paid, Walmart’s truck drivers are not paid for their rest breaks. That could be changing, as a decision from a lower court considered and upheld by the Ninth Circuit, a federal court of appeals based in San Francisco, has ordered Walmart to pay its California truck drivers $54.6 million for those unpaid rest breaks. Walmart is considering its options and may appeal the decision.
“We continue to believe that our truck drivers are paid in compliance with California law and often in excess of what California law requires,” a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider.”We are proud that our drivers are among the best paid in the industry, earning, on average, between $80,000 to over $100,000 per year. We are reviewing the 9th Circuit’s opinion and will explore our options.”