- Associated Press - Friday, October 6, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego will pay $500,000 to city trash truck drivers after deciding to settle a lawsuit filed in 2014 over wages deducted for drivers’ lunch breaks.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2z21Gj7 ) the city council approved the settlement on Tuesday for the class-action lawsuit that claimed drivers were not paid properly because the city deducted a half-hour for a lunch break each shift. Drivers are required to stay on their routes during the breaks.

A spokesman for the city attorney says agreeing to a settlement avoids any further risk for city and its taxpayers. The city does not acknowledge any wrongdoing with the settlement.

The settlement covers attorneys’ fees and payments to drivers. An estimated 220 drivers could be affected by the settlement.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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