FAIRFIELD — Three bus drivers for MV Transportation Inc., the operators of the public transit systems in Fairfield, Suisun City and Vallejo, filed a federal lawsuit this week in Sacramento against the company and the Solano County Transit agency.
The lawsuit claims MV Transportation has routinely been violating federal and state labor laws by underpaying its bus drivers for the hours they work.
MV Transportation spokeswoman Cristina Russell declined to comment on the accusations raised in the lawsuit, saying company policy prohibits commenting on pending lawsuits.
The lawsuit claims bus drivers were not paid for time spent inspecting buses at the start of their days and for certain down time between driving different routes on the same days. The lawsuit also claims the company did not pay overtime for mandatory training meetings when the time for the meetings made the workday more than eight hours or when the training surpassed the 40-hour work week.
Attorneys for the three bus drivers hopes their lawsuit will become a class-action lawsuit and would require payment of wages and penalties to all MV Transportation bus drivers for the past three or four years.
Based in Dallas, MV Transportation Inc. is the largest private provider of paratransit services and the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting firm based in the country. The company has more than 16,000 employees and runs more than 200 paratransit, public transit, school bus and other contracts in 29 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Saudi Arabia.
No dates for hearings for the lawsuit have been scheduled.
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