Alfred v. Pepperidge Farm

Case No.: 2:14-CV-07086-JAK-RZ

U.S. Federal District Court- Central District

Attorneys: Peter Rukin, Valerie Brender

We have filed a class action lawsuit against Pepperidge Farm on behalf of Pepperidge Farm distributors who personally work their Pepperidge Farm routes. The lawsuit claims that while Pepperidge Farm classifies distributors as independent contractors, it treats distributors like employees under California law. The Complaint alleges that distributors were required to pay for various expenses such as their vehicles, gas, and maintenance, their handheld computers, among other items.  Pepperidge Farm also made deductions from distributors’ wages for their handheld computers and stale.  Plaintiffs and other distributors also worked more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week without being compensated for overtime.  In addition, distributors were not separately compensated for rest breaks, and Plaintiffs allege that Pepperidge Farm did not authorize and permit meal and rest breaks.  As a result, Plaintiffs assert that Pepperidge Farm is liable for unreimbursed expenses and deductions, overtime, meal and rest breaks, and penalties.

See the complaint here.