Drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been challenging their misclassification as
“independent contractors” and exercising their rights as employees. They have been engaging in
collective action at the courts, in their truck yards and at the ports – including 15 strikes in the last five
years – bringing their cases before government agency officials. It is estimated that there have been
legal misclassification claims pursued on behalf of at least half of the misclassified drivers at the port—
either by drivers filing individual wage claims or being part of class action lawsuits.
Upon investigating the facts, multiple agencies and courts at both the state and federal levels have
determined that drivers are, in fact, employees and therefore protected by employment and labor