July 13, 2017

Drivers for a health services contractor in Washington say the company is paying them as little as $3.61 an hour, far less than required under federal and local laws, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court (Harris v. Med. Transp. Mgmt., Inc. , D.D.C., No. 17-1371, complaint filed 7/13/17).

Medical Transportation Management Inc., a private company that provides non-emergency medical transportation for Medicaid participants, systematically violates the Fair Labor

Standards Act, the District of Columbia's minimum wage law, and a D.C. living wage law, the lawsuit alleges.

Three drivers who filed the complaint July 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will ask the court to certify an FLSA collective action and a class action on their local law claims.

MTM uses subcontractors to fulfill its $85 million contract with the District government to provide transportation for Medicaid participants who need rides to and from their doctors’ offices.

But the company “controls much of what the drivers can and cannot do” and must be considered their employer under the FLSA and District laws, said Joseph Sellers, a partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in Washington, which represents the drivers.

This isn't a case in which an employer is “just shaving off” a few dollars a week from required pay, Sellers told Bloomberg BNA July 13. Some drivers are “being paid less than half” the minimum wage, he said.

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