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
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.