Truckers win overtime case in Washington

| 3/7/2007

The Supreme Court in Washington state has handed a victory to truckers who've been missing out on overtime pay.

The court has ruled that overtime must be paid to Washington employees based on hours worked - even if some of those hours were logged out of state, according to The Associated Press.

The case was filed on behalf of trucker Larie Bostain who worked for the Vancouver, WA, office of Food Express Inc.

After being fired in 2002, Bostain argued he should have been paid overtime for the hours he drove outside the state that exceeded the 40-hour work week, The AP reported.

The ruling holds that truckers - like other employees - must be paid time-and-a-half for any work done over 40 hours a week, or be paid the equivalent if the trucker is paid by the mile.