Prime Now drivers sue Amazon, say they were cheated on wages and breaks

An employee loads a truck at an Amazon.com Inc. distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images)

Four ex-delivery drivers for Amazon Prime Now, the service that gets Amazon Prime customers their products in as little as one hour, have sued (PDF) their former employer. They claim they were denied wages and benefits because Amazon illegally classified them as independent contractors.

“Amazon’s mission to deliver ‘Now’ at no additional cost to its customers is being funded by the delivery drivers,” said Beth Ross of Oakland-based Leonard Carder LLP, who represents the plaintiffs. “Unlike the drones that Amazon hopes to eventually replace them with, these drivers are human beings with rent to pay and families to feed.”

Amazon Prime Now was rolled out earlier this year in 10 markets, including Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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