Class Action Started Against Canada Cartage and Direct Distribution Centres
ABOUT THE LAWSUIT
The lawsuit claims that Canada Cartage, Direct Distribution Centres, and their related companies regularly required or permitted some or all of their former and current employees to work hours in excess of their standard hours of work in order to complete the common duties of their employment. However, according to the lawsuit, Canada Cartage and Direct Distribution Centres did not properly compensate these employees for overtime, contrary to their contractual and legal obligations.
The lawsuit also alleges that beginning around July 2012, Canada Cartage and Direct Distribution Centres improperly reduced hourly rates of pay without reasonable notice, in order to make it look like they were paying overtime, when in fact employees’ weekly earnings remained unchanged.
Further details can be found in the Statement of Claim.
WHAT IS A CLASS ACTION?
A class action is a legal proceeding in which the individual claims of many people can be combined into one case. A class action can be a powerful tool to provide access to justice to those who might not otherwise be willing or able to bring a claim on their own.
The legal team will work to ensure that the class action is certified (or approved) by the court. If this happens, all people who come within the class description will automatically be included in the class, unless he or she opts out.
WHO IS IN THE PROPOSED CLASS?
The current proposed class is defined to include all individuals who, at any time since March 1, 2006, were employed by Canada Cartage (or other companies controlled by Canada Cartage, such as Direct Distribution Centres) and who were entitled to receive overtime compensation pursuant to the Canada Labour Code and its regulations. The definition of the class may change as we learn more information about the case. To register with us to get more information about this lawsuit, click here.
WHO IS THE REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF?
The representative plaintiff is the plaintiff who is bringing the lawsuit on behalf of himself and all of the class members. Marco Baroch is the representative plaintiff in this class action. Marco worked as a shunter at a Canada Cartage location in Mississauga, Ontario for about seven years.