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No Naps and Other Rules for Truck Drivers Could Cost L.A. $26 million

Los Angeles is facing a $26-million legal payout over break time rules that, among other things, prevents city trash truck drivers from napping.

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Previously, trash truck drivers have been barred from congregating in one area for lunch, napping in their vehicles and other rules that drivers are now fighting. (Dave Zahniser / Los Angeles Times / February 12, 2014)

The City Council, meeting behind closed doors, moved ahead Wednesday with the payout, designed to end an eight-year-old class-action lawsuit.

More than 1,000 trash truck drivers would receive an average of $15,000 each in back pay, according to Matthew Taylor, their attorney.

He argued they effectively were required to remain “on duty” — but not paid — during nine years of meal breaks. Taylor said the no-nap rule created dangers on the road involving heavy city garbage rigs.

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

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