US: Anheuser-Busch in the dark over truck drivers' overtime lawsuit
Anheuser-Busch said it is yet to receive the lawsuit
Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it is yet to be served with a US$5m lawsuit that reportedly accuses the firm of failing to pay its truck drivers for overtime and not allowing them to take rest breaks.
Fortune magazine reported that two drivers filed a lawsuit in federal court in California last week, which also claims the brewer discouraged drivers from taking meal and rest breaks. The number of employees to get involved in the class action is still to be decided but could reach 400, it was reported.
The drivers, Charles Hill and Joe Correa, allege they have “worked numerous weeks in excess of 40 hours” during their time with A-B InBev and that the brewer has not paid them the minimum overtime rate of 1.5 times their regular pay.
They are seeking "at least" US$5m in damages, Fortune reported.
In a statement to just-drinks today, a spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch, the US unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said: “We have not been served with the lawsuit. We are very familiar with the requirements of wage and hour laws, and take all necessary steps to ensure we are in compliance.
"We care about the well-being of our employees and take these allegations seriously.”
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