Judge Denies Motion to Arbitrate and Motion to Dismiss in Trucking Wage Case

Last week, Judge Kendall denied a motion to dismiss and to compel arbitration in a case litigated by HSPRD attorneys Emily Brown and Caryn C. Lederer.  HSPRD represents truck drivers who claim that the Defendant, Amerifreight Systems, paid them less than their contract required, misrepresented company payment information, and made unlawful deductions from their wages. Plaintiffs have asserted claims under the federal Truth-in-Leasing Act (TILA), the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA), and for breach of contract. In a comprehensive, forty-page opinion, the Court ruled that the Plaintiffs’ claims can move forward to discovery and that the Defendant’s arbitration agreement does not govern the Plaintiffs’ claims.

According to Emily Brown, the Court’s ruling is important because “The Court’s well-reasoned decision demonstrates that companies must make good on their promises to pay workers according to their contracts and will face accountability when they do not. As a result, our clients can continue to pursue their considerable damages in court.”

For more information about the case or HSPRD’s work representing truck drivers, or other employees in wage disputes, please reach out to us.  

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