UPDATED--A $5 million lawsuit has been filed against Roehl Transport over allegations that it paid student truck drivers less than the federal minimum wage.
The lead plaintiff in the federal lawsuit, John Morales III of Monticello, Ind., claims he became a student driver at the Wisconsin-based carrier in April and was paid $300 per week for working up to 70 hours per week, far short of the federal minimum wage and a violation of federal law, according to the Wausau Daily Herald.
The suit is seeking class action status for thousands of student drivers who went through Roehl’s training program over the last three years. It also seeks to prohibit Roehl from continuing to maintain the training program that violates wage laws, compensation to student drivers for the pay and benefits they should have received and reasonable legal costs and fees.
Roehl has denied the allegations, according to the Marshfield News-Herald, saying that Morales left the training program before he completed it and that pay was more than Morales claims and is above the federal minimum wage.
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