Fair Labor Standards Act
A local florist franchise was named in a class action lawsuit. It alleged that the florist’s employee delivery drivers were required to use their own vehicles for deliveries and the driver expense reimbursement rate was substantially less than the actual cost of operating and maintaining their vehicles. The lawsuit also alleged a failure and refusal to pay minimum wages, a failure to fully indemnify all necessary expenses and costs incurred as a result of the performance of their duties as delivery drivers and a failure to allow meal and rest breaks. Total defense costs paid were more than $50,000.