Limousine drivers are entitled to overtime pay. Frequently, their employers classify them as independent contractors, or simply don’t pay overtime premiums. Sometimes, they claim they are like taxi-drivers, but they are not. (See Powell v. Carey Int’l, Inc., 483 F.Supp. 2d 1168 (S.D.Fl. 2007) (“Accordingly, as a matter of law, Defendants do not fall within the taxicab exemption and Plaintiffs are entitled to summary judgment on this issue.”).
The law is well settled that limousine drivers who work more than 40 hours each week should be paid time and a half for their overtime. Employers who don’t are breaking the law. The U.S. Department of Labor has written an opinion letter on this issue, ruling that employees who drove vehicles to provide passenger transportation services to mobility-limited passengers were not taxi-cab drivers and therefore not exempt from the overtime laws. There has been much litigation on this issue around the country.
The dedicated legal team at Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore works hard to hold employers accountable for their unfair and illegal treatment of employees. Their experience also includes class action lawsuits against Connecticut limousine companies. Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore represents clients throughout Connecticut, including Hartford, Milford, Stamford, New Haven and several surrounding areas.
QHow do I tell if I have a case?
If you are a limousine driver and work more than 40 hours per week, you are entitled to overtime. If you were paid a flat rate or not paid extra money for your overtime hours, then you probably have a case for the overtime premiums.
QWhat can I recover?
Successful claimants can recover overtime premiums for the hours they worked over 40 in a week during the last 2 (or maybe 3) years. They can also recover double damages and attorneys’ fees in some situations.
QWhat if I know a few others in the same situation?
Overtime cases can be brought individual or as class / collective actions. This is a way for employees to share in the costs of litigation.
QWhat will it cost?
Sometimes, lawyers can take these cases on a contingency basis (meaning they only get paid if they win). This is especially true when groups of people sue as a class or collective. Usually, if you win, the employer has to pay the attorneys’ fees.
QHow long do I have to sue?
Claims under Connecticut law must be made within two years. The federal law allows a third year if the employer’s conduct was willful.
QIs Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore currently representing drivers in class action lawsuits?
Yes. Below you will find a list of the cases we are currently working to help limo drivers receive fair compensation for unpaid overtime hours. Click on the links to learn more about each case and find out how to join the class action.
Active Limo Driver Class Action Lawsuits:
- Hoyt Livery, Inc. “Limousine Driver” Overtime Lawsuit