According to court documents, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) allegedly did not pay bus and train operators for time they should have been paid for traveling to and from the start and end points of their runs. For some operators, this travel time would have amounted to overtime.
"Specifically, operators who commute from home to work to their start-shift point must travel back to their vehicle at the end of their run, before they can commence their commute from work to home," the lawsuit alleges. "Alternatively operators who commute from home to work to their end-shift point must then travel by some other means of transportation to their start-shift point before their shift commences, so that their vehicle will be waiting for them at their end-shift point, where they can commence their commute from work to home."
At either the start or end of their shift, operators must travel between their vehicle and the endpoint of their run. Despite operators arguing that this time is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)—especially because route and scheduling decisions are made by the agency for its benefit—they allege the defendants have not paid them for this time.
Additionally, plaintiffs alleged they were not paid for time when routes were behind schedule.
READ MORE CALIFORNIA OVERTIME LEGAL NEWS
Class members, SFMTA bus, train, or cable car operators from July 16, 2009 to Nov. 1, 2016, will share in the settlement. Plaintiffs are expected to receive around $1,000 each.
The SFMTA has denied liability or wrongdoing.
The lawsuit is Stitt et al v. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, et al. case number 4:12-cv-03704, in the US District Court, Northern District of California.