By Michael Futterman, J.D. and Jaime Touchstone, J.D.
Performance Team Freight Systems is a motor carrier company involved in warehousing, shipping, and distributing merchandise from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to locations throughout California. Performance Team retained truck drivers as “independent contractors” to transport goods. From 2012 to 2014, a number of truck drivers filed wage claims with the California labor commissioner.
Performance Team filed a petition asking the trial court to compel arbitration of the drivers’ wage claims.