Moran Transportation Corp. Dock Workers Win Conditional Class Cert

November 2, 2017 – This week, dock workers employed by Moran Transportation Corporation won conditional class certification in their wage and hour lawsuit against the company. Kackman v. Moran Transportation Corporation, Court File No. 19HA-CV-17-798, is venued in Dakota County District Court in Minnesota and seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages for company dock workers employed in Minnesota and in other locations. Attorneys Dustin W. Massie and Frances E. Baillon, both of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP, have been appointed conditional collective action counsel for the dock workers in this matter.

Moran Transportation Corporation (MTC) is a freight transportation services company headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The company transports freight throughout the Midwest using semi-trucks and maintains trucking terminals in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Minnesota. MTC began operating in Minnesota in April 2016, following its purchase of Mats, Inc., which maintains its Minnesota terminal in Eagan, Dakota County.

MTC dock workers are paid on an hourly basis and are primarily responsible for loading and unloading freight from semi-trucks. These workers often work more than 40 hours per week but are not paid overtime in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime-compensation requirements. Under the FLSA, an employer must pay employees overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

The putative class in this matter is defined as: “All persons who worked for MTC or its predecessor, Mat’s Inc., as dock workers in Minnesota or Illinois and who worked more than 40 hours per workweek at any time starting three years prior to October 31, 2017, until trial of this action.”

As a result of this conditional class certification, MTC dock workers who were employed in Minnesota and Illinois on or after October 31, 2014, will receive a notice to opt in to this collective action in the near future. The deadline for putative class members to join the Kackman action is January 29, 2018.

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta is an employment and consumer protection law firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For questions about the Kackman lawsuit, click here or contact us at 612-252-3570.