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DS Waters California Class Action - Driver Lawsuit

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“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.” Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

California drivers for Alhambra, Sparkletts, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs, Deep Rock Water, Hinkley Springs, Mount Olympus, & Sierra Springs - this is about you.

DS Waters California Driver Lawsuit - A Class Action Case Has Been Filed

DS Waters of America, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading operators in the United States home and office beverage delivery market according to their website.  DS Waters drivers deliver water for all of the DS Waters brands: Alhambra, Sparkletts, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs, Deep Rock Water, Hinkley Springs, Mount Olympus, Sierra Springs. These DS Waters delivery drivers in California are hard working folks that are entitled to be paid all of their fair wages.

Trouble is, according to a class action lawsuit that our firm has filed against DS Waters of America, Inc., these California drivers are not receiving the wages that they are entitled to receive under California wage and hour laws.

The DS Waters of America, Inc. website says, “Just relax. We’ll bring refreshment to you.”  What DS Waters doesn’t tell it’s customers is that these hard working DS Waters drivers don’t get to relax on their meal periods/ lunch breaks and rest breaks; these are some of the issues raised in the DS Waters California Class Action - Driver Lawsuit. If you are a DS Waters driver, you may want to listen up.

What is the DS Waters California Class Action - Driver Lawsuit About?

In 2012 the California Supreme Court issued a ground-breaking decision in Brinker v. Superior Court class action case.  In the Brinker case the California Supreme Court laid out the requirements that employers in California must follow in order to meet its duty to provide meal periods to California workers.  Our law firm is one of the Plaintiff’s counsel in the Brinker case. We represent over 100,000 workers in the largest wage and hour case in California.  

What we have done since then is successfully bring case after case against California employers that are violating these basic duties to provide meal periods/ lunches and rest periods.  Today, it is my understanding that our law firm represents more drivers than any law firm in California. We specialize in California driver class actions for unpaid wages.

What else is the DS Waters California Class Action - Driver Lawsuit About?

According to the DS Waters California Class Action - Driver Lawsuit, DS Waters uses an illegal auto-meal deduct. Meaning DS Waters illegally deducts 30 minutes from your pay every day for a meal period that you didn’t receive.  Thus, you are entitled to 30 minutes pay for each day that you worked. If you worked over 8 hours or 40 hours during the week, then you are entitled to time and on-half for the 30 minutes.

In addition, under California law, you are entitled to an hours pay for every meal period that you did not receive and an hour pay for every rest period that you did not receive. According to our investigation and the lawsuit, just because you may have been off work for 30 minutes doesn’t mean that you received a meal period under California law.

We want to hear from you

If you are a driver for DS Waters - Alhambra, Sparkletts, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs, Deep Rock Water, Hinkley Springs, Mount Olympus, Sierra Springs of a former driver - we would like to hear from you about your experience driving for DS Waters.  

You can speak to us confidentially if you want.  For example, under California law, all communications between a client and a lawyer are protected by what is called the attorney client privilege.  This means that you can tell your lawyer things and no one else can find out what was discussed.

Of course, there are not guarantees in life or law.  We can’t guarantee any particular result in this case or any other case.  Any testimonials and/or past results are no guarantee to any particular result in current or future case.

11 Comments:
I worked for ds waters Alhambra water in vallejo and i worked as a sales representative with a sales van and i missed multiple lunch breaks due to timing and scheduling traffic and other reasons can i join this lawsuit
Posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2016 at 06:53 PM
This is BY FAR the WORST job I have EVER had. The bosses treat you like dirt, and I drive a truck that is from the 90's that is very unsafe. Get yelled at daily, get harassed daily. No thank you's, no breaks, and get written up for smoking in their trucks which is ridiculous!! They don't care about their customers!! These poor people who want their deliveries on time and can't even get it!! Told one thing, and they do another. No A/C in truck. Everything is always the drivers fault. Management is horrible. They have college degrees???? Really??? Woooooowwwwa! Cracker Jack College? With a degree in every box is more like it!! Half stupid/half dumb people. We are the machines, the slaves. Bout to sue very soon for workplace bullying.
Posted by Annonymous Annonymous on December 22, 2015 at 03:19 PM
I worked for Crystal springs in Bristol PA and I worked about 50-60 hrs a week. We had long hard working days, some days were longer than others and we were force to log out the system for a 30 minute lunch break that in all actuality never happened. The trucks were so updated at times we would be out for the day in tempetures higher than 100 degrees with no air conditioner in the truck. When we didn't log out for the lunch time we would get calls from the office to log out and to write down the next few stops for us to continue to work without using the system. It was horrible working under these conditions and at the end of the hard week we didn't even get a thanks for the effort put in the work week....
Posted by Jose Melendez-Corredor on January 28, 2015 at 09:08 PM
This is nothing"""Since 2012 they have a thing with Costco ware they have 2 sales reps stand and sale water services to customers for 5 days a week for 12 hours a day and want pay them any over time because the Hr department and management said they are outside sales reps and they dont qualify for overtime. That is not true"" The reps are saleing a inside sales product to Costco customer that can only qualify if they have a Costco member ship card. If you dont have a membership you can not get the service discount threw costco & you can not go outside & sales this door to door you can only sale inside the costco . They reps are paid a base salary & Commission But the base salary is based on 160 hours a month. But the reps work over 220 hours a month Wed -Sunday opening to closing of the costco store .And they must abide by all store rules & regulations of the store . So that does not fall into Outside Sales Status. This is bad"" To make matters worts all vendors inside Costco get paid Overtime because their companies are following the Labor laws and DS Waters is Not""
Posted by jhon on January 27, 2015 at 02:39 AM
I was hired in 2007 and was let go in 2010 by asking about the breaks back. I'm I entitled
Posted by jomar talbert on October 16, 2014 at 03:42 AM
I am a new driver with Mt. Olympus out of SC, Utah. I have to take a 30 min break during the day which I have no time for and I still don't know how pay is calculated.
Posted by Dave Larsen on September 21, 2014 at 08:25 PM
What about Sales Consultant working for DS Waters
Posted by Melissa on September 17, 2014 at 07:14 PM
I quit Sierra Springs Portland, OR. November 20th 2013. Worst place I've ever worked, I waste 5 years of my life there! each year I calculated how much I made per hour and the most I made was 9.27 hour. We never got paid for meetings every Tuesday and Thursday that could last an hour or more, they would have us do off-routes that would consist of changing out coolers that could easily add an hour or two to your day that you did not get paid for! I could go on for days about how terrible they treat employees and how bad that job is for your body, if you need to talk to me get in touch with me threw e-mail and we can talk.
Posted by Derick on July 27, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I would like to apart of this lawsuit because I was injured while working for DS watera and then let go
Posted by Kevin Cocroft on July 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM
I just got a letter in the mail today on the class action lawsuit. That are just some of the things that we been complaining about for the last decade or so. I'm on the east coast and here we're strictly commission. We perform mandatory services in which we don't receive commission for! Also mandatory meetings that we don't get paid for. At one time we wasn't receiving "overtime" pay if we were late for work. We still don't know and they can't show us how our "over time" is calculated. I can go on and on but I rather speak to someone. Is that possible?
Posted by darrin h on July 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM
I am a driver for Sparkletts. Based on what I see, no one ever gets a lunch, breaks or nothing. ANd the deduct 30 mins. from your pay each day. All the guys when I am out of will help out. We got a lot to talk about. Please call us.
Posted by Steve R. on March 4, 2014 at 06:13 PM

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