Yard Drivers Often Owed Overtime Wages


Trucking and logistics companies often employ people to operate terminal tractors (also known as yard jockeys, yard mules, etc.) to move semi-trailers within a cargo yard. Companies often classify these positions as “exempt” under federal and state wage-and-hour laws and do not pay them overtime wages for working more than 40 hours under the motor carrier exemption.

However, to be exempt from overtime under the motor carrier exemption, an employee must not only transport property but do so “on public highways.” Since Yard Drivers typically only transport property within a cargo yard or terminal, they often do not meet the “public highway” requirement and thus are not exempt under the motor carrier exemption.

If you work or worked as a Yard Driver or other position in which you transported semi-trailers within a terminal and did not receive overtime wages, you may be owed wages and additional damages under federal and state law. If you would like a free confidential consultation, please call us at 856-685-7420 and ask for Matthew Miller, submit an email to mmiller@swartz-legal.com, or complete the form below, and we will reach out to you promptly to discuss.

If you decide during the consultation you would like to move forward, there are no upfront costs or fees.  Our firm accepts these types of cases on a fully contingent basis and only will seek to recover fees and costs out of a recovery.  If there is no recovery or judgment in your favor, Swartz Swidler, LLC will not seek any fee or cost from you.

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