Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.
"Pretty Boy Floyd"
Starving Students Class Action Lawsuit - Wage Theft
According to Starving Students website the company claims to be a “reputable moving company has 33 locations spread across nine different states: California, Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, Maryland, Washington, Virginia, Utah and Texas.”
You might get a far different picture it you were to speak to some of Starving Students drivers and/or workers. You would get a very, very different picture from the allegations in the Starving Students Class Action Lawsuit.
The Starving Students Class Action Lawsuit which we filed for the Starving Students workers is about wage theft. According to documents filed in court it is a case about time shaving. That is, not paying the workers for all hours worked. Not providing meal periods and rest periods. Not paying an hour’s pay for not providing meal periods and/or authorizing and permitting rest periods. Not paying all wages at time of termination. Not providing legally compliant pay check stubs.
Just why are these students starving anyway?
Which raises the obvious question. Is the reason why these students are starving is because the company is not paying them all the wages owed to them pursuant to California law? You have to wonder. I know I do. Just saying.
Thus far, the response from Starving Students has been interesting, if not arrogant. Somewhere between “we are above the law” and “we don’t care if you sue us because we aren’t going to pay anybody anything because you can’t touch us.”
Which is interesting because their website boasts, “With hundreds of trucks in their fleet, Starving Students is currently one of California and Nevada's largest home movers, moving tens of thousands of families every year.”
I’ll bet that the owner isn’t starving. It sure doesn’t seem that way.
My name is Bill Turley. Believe it or not, I am known for being brutally honest. I don't pull punches. I am not going to give you fluffy fairy tales and try and perinkly magic pixie dust. I am going to give it to you unsweetend. The same way I would want it if I needed a lawyer.
I represent more drivers than any lawyer in California. This isn’t the first arrogant company I have brought a class action lawsuit against. I am sure it won’t be the last.
I represented the workers in the landmark California Supreme Court case - Brinker v. Superior Court. I testified before the California Senate recently on driver pay issues. I recently worked with the United States Senate Commerce Committee on proposed driver legislation that was backed by the American Trucking Association. We were able to shut down this proposed legislation that is terrible for drivers and public safety.
So when a company takes on the attitude that they are above the law and/or they can’t be bothered by lawsuits that seek to recover wages stolen from the drivers by the company - - I don’t appreciate it one bit. But I know. This is what juries are for. Juries have a way of adjusting bad attitudes. I just get more determined.
What is the status of the Starving Students Class Action Lawsuit?
The case is at the pre-certification stage. The Court has not decided the merits of the case. Starving Students has denied everything. No surprise there, of course.
We need your help
We are looking to speak to as many current and former Starving Students drivers and/or workers as possible. We want your take about Starving Students not paying you the wages that you are owed. We would like your help in order to get back the money wages that you are owed under California law.
We have offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield.
Where are Starving Student drivers/ workers working in California?
According to their website their Corporate Office is in Los Angeles and they have locations in the following California cities:
•San Fernando Valley
No guarantees in life or law
Am I guaranteeing that we will win this case? Of course not. There are only two guarantees in life - death and taxes. There are any number of ways that class action cases are not certified and/or lost on the merits. But I like this case a lot.
I look forward to hearing from you.