Appeals Court Backs Kansas Ruling That FedEx Ground Drivers Are Employees

Rip Watson
Transport Topics
July 15, 2015

In the latest of a series of recent worker-status rulings, a federal appeals court upheld a Kansas Supreme Court decision last year that classified about 500 FedEx Ground drivers as employees rather than independent contractors under that state’s law. The decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals followed a month after FedEx agreed to settle another worker status, in which the company maintained that workers were independent contractors. In the California case, FedEx agreed to pay $228 million to more than 2,000 drivers. Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that drivers at Xpressman, a courier service, were contractors rather than employees.

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