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SEPTA Transit Drivers Get $13.1M Settlement in Unpaid Wages Class Action

This is a settlement for the Donning-Doffing lawsuit.

Pittsburgh, PA: A $13.1 million settlement has been awarded to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority workers who alleged the authority was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Specifically, the drivers for the transit agency claimed they were not paid for pre-shift work.

According to court filings, "The parties now believe that considering the costs and risks of continuing this litigation, it is in their best interests to fully and finally resolve plaintiffs' claims."The parties filed a joint motion for approval, which involves some 2,300 current and former bus and trolley drivers.

If approved, the settlement will end a case first brought in June 2011, alleging SEPTA did not pay its drivers for off-the-clock time spent doing tasks before pulling their vehicles out at the start of their runs.

"Resolution of the FLSA claim requires a factual determination of the amount of time operators are required to work prior to their scheduled start, and a legal determination regarding whether this time is compensable and subject to the overtime provisions of the FLSA," a three-judge Third Circuit panel stated.

The case is David Bell et al. v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, case number 2:11-cv-04047, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Published on Aug-13-15


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