Lawsuit filed by city school bus drivers settled for $1.25 million

BALTIMORE - A lawsuit filed by Baltimore city school bus drivers against their employer, Durham School Services, has been settled for $1.25 million.

The settlement covers damages for 372 drivers over unpaid wages since 2010.

The union representing the drivers filed a lawsuit last March, which concerned hours spent on pre- and post-trip inspections of the buses, time workers spent fueling and cleaning the buses and time spent in training. Workers claimed they weren’t paid for that time.

The lawsuit also alleged that the company either failed to pay workers for overtime, or failed to pay overtime in a timely manner. 

A third-party administrator will calculate and issue checks to be mailed to Durham drivers and attendants within 60 days.

"Teamsters are proud to have helped these workers bring this injustice to light. We will continue to stand with them until all wages they have earned and are owed are recovered," Sean Cedenio, principal officer of Teamsters Local 570 in Baltimore, said in a statement.

In 2012, Durham settled a statewide class action lawsuit with school bus workers in California. The workers won a $7 million back pay award for unpaid wages.

Durham School Services is the second largest school bus company in the United States.

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