Ruling That Awarded California Walmart Truck Drivers $54 Million Stands, Appeals Court Says

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court’s judgment that Walmart pay a court-certified class of its California truck drivers more than $54 million in back pay for layovers, rest breaks and pre-trip and post-trip inspections.

Specifically the appeals court upheld a 2016 federal district court’s jury decision that awarded the drivers a total of $44.7 million for layovers, $3.9 million for rest breaks, $2.9 million for pre-trip inspections, and $2.9 million for post-trip inspections.

The appeals court held in the more than decade-old lawsuit that the district court correctly concluded that, under California law, time drivers spent on layovers was compensable if the motor carrier exercised control over the drivers during those breaks.