Cornucopia Logistics, LLC Deducted Money For Meal Periods That Workers Never Received
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Amazon delivery contractor Cornucopia Logistics, LLC (“Cornucopia”) that will require the company to pay $100,000 to workers whose wages were deducted for lunch breaks they never received because of back-to-back deliveries. An investigation by the AG’s office also found that Cornucopia routinely failed to compensate workers for “call-in pay,” which must be paid when employees report to work but are sent home or otherwise instructed not to complete their shift. Cornucopia also failed to keep required records documenting actual hours worked each week.
Cornucopia delivers Amazon.com packages and food from Amazon Fresh to residential and commercial addresses in New York City. More than a hundred current and former Cornucopia employees, including drivers, drivers’ helpers, and messengers, are eligible to receive restitution from the $100,000 settlement fund.
“I’m proud that this settlement will allow workers who were shortchanged to receive the restitution they deserve,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Delivery workers travel all hours of the day and night and through all kinds of weather to meet tight time frames. They deserve to have a proper lunch break, and when they don’t, they certainly must be properly compensated for all of their work.”
New York State's labor laws require employers to pay workers for all hours worked and to provide workers with certain specified meal periods – typically a half hour. The law also requires employers to maintain accurate payroll records, and to pay “call-in pay” of four hours (three for restaurant workers) when an employee reports to work on a given day.
In addition to the payment of restitution funds, the settlement requires Cornucopia to comply with the law going forward, and bars Cornucopia from retaliating against employees for cooperating with the investigation. Cornucopia will also designate an internal officer responsible for ensuring prospective labor law compliance, including furnishing the Attorney General’s Office with quarterly reports and payroll documents.
In the past year, A.G. Schneiderman’s office has recovered nearly $5.7 million in back wages for more than 3,300 workers, as outlined in a September 2016 report. Since taking office, A.G. Schneiderman has recovered almost $27 million in stolen wages for more than 20,000 workers.
Anyone who is aware of a violation of workplace rights in New York State is encouraged to file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General by filling out a complaint form or by calling the Labor Bureau at (212) 416-8700.