The FedEx driver who sued and won - FedEx Ground drivers are hired as contractors, forced to buy their own vans for $17,000, pay for equipment and uniforms and frequently docked for lost/delayed packages


Reggie Gray thought working for FedEx was his ticket to a better life.

It turned out to be anything but: His years as a driver for FedEx Ground ended with him filing for bankruptcy and taking the company to court.
Gray is one of the thousands of FedEx (FDX) drivers who have sued the company for classifying them as contractors, rather than employees. Many, including Gray, have won.
"We all signed up for what we thought was the American dream," said Gray. "We received the exact opposite. It was a really bad deal."
The FedEx Ground division, created in 2000, delivers small packages to homes and businesses nationwide. But its army of 32,500 uniformed drivers, managers and affiliated workers are classified as contractors, a controversial policy that allows FedEx to save on health benefits, unemployment insurance, retirement accounts and overtime pay, among other things.
"This is an intentional policy on the part of FedEx Ground to deny drivers their rights as employees," said Erin Johansson, research director at Jobs with Justice, a labor rights group. 
For Gray, it all started when he left his job in 2002 as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Missouri, and signed a contract with FedEx Ground. He thought it would be a great way to start his own independent business with the backing of a major brand.
But Gray quickly realized he wasn't really independent. In fact, FedEx controlled almost all the aspects of his business, even though he had to put up a lot of his own money.
For Gray had to purchase his delivery route for $5,000. He bought his own van for $17,000. FedEx later made him to buy another vehicle for $11,000 and hire a second driver when his route got so busy that one van wasn't enough to deliver all the packages. The vehicles needed constant maintenance -- oil changes, brakes, transmission and radiator replacements -- and all came out of his own pocket. 
He paid for FedEx uniforms and decals for his vans, company mapping software and also leased a FedEx scanner for the package bar codes. He also had to pay for Department of Transportation inspections and random drug tests the company required.
Gray said FedEx managers in the terminal where he worked hounded him about the condition of the tires on his van and the conduct of a driver he hired to help him with his route.
His supervisors constantly threatened to revoke his contract and docked his pay with inflated "claims" for lost packages. In one case, he said the company charged him $1,600 for a $400 box of vitamins that he failed to deliver.
The debts piled up and Gray was forced to file bankruptcy in 2008. The financial turmoil took a toll on his marriage, which ended in divorce. He almost lost his house.
"This whole ordeal cost me a lot, it really did," said Gray. "Financially, it was a huge, huge hit. And the pressure of that weight was crushing."


  1. gordon_wagnerNovember 22, 2014


  2. If this is what THEY feed your Children ..... demand that this be the ONLY food served in the White House, eaten by the Obamas.

  3. This goes to show how ignorant of current science Michelle Obama is. The human body NEEDS salt, but it needs unrefined sea salt with all of the trace minerals we can't get anywhere else. The human body NEEDS fats, but Big Pharma is still getting away with telling us cholesterol is bad because they can sell us a needless test to measure it and then sell us dangerous drugs to reduce it (statins). Kids need to be taught the best current science about nutrition, and the wisdom of moderation in all things -- then let them make their own choices.

  4. hvaiallverdenNovember 22, 2014

    Anyone, whom actually belive this have anything thing, even remotely conected to religion, and therby Islam, is either a druling moron or payed srhill/whore, to write stupidity in broad daylight.

    And I as may others wounder how is it possible to be a "liberation front" for anything, when they are slaughtering the very people they supousedly fights for, this have been the trade mark of crinimals/mercs/opurtunists/a.s.o. to create a so called "army", whatever that means.
    I dont belive they represent anything else but the western powers and money suply, arms and a garangtee of no persicutions from the ICC when they are conducting their "freedom fights".
    This is to provoce a "helpfull intervention" and help from the western powers, and to secure the recoursess, and this scam groups is been and have proven to actually work, this marrative is what is been done, all over the world, its called Asymetirc war Fare.
    Witch you obviously knew about.


    And somehow, despite the facts, despite the ignorance about religion, Islam is the "problem" for someone.
    Islam isnt the problem, no more than Christ teachings is perverted by YOUR christians, massing before slaughterings in the fields in several Midle eastern lands, and even then, the locals should aby any whims comming from any american over there, anytime, and if not, they are automaticly categorised as "religious fundamentalistic terror organistations" how f.... convinient, americans.
    And presidents and soldiers, they all have The God by your side.
    Isnt He. Then I ask, how evil isnt the bible, when their "belivers" are slaughtering people every day, with means unpresedented in human history, incl drones, people they dont even bother to verify is even an enemy, you call this clitch in statistics, collaterall damage.

    The fact is that WE know you are stupid, but dont for a f... second asume the rest of the sane world IS equally braindead.


  5. "You know you're living in a dictatorship when the dictator's wife decides what your children will eat"- Micheal Rivero, What Really Happened.

  6. Great comment Tom. Wheat and unpasteurised dairy is a huge problem with most people. Proteins and real fats, not vegetable oils, are the healthy option but unfortunately, the Dairy and Wheat Industries have the last word as to what is "healthy".

  7. LibertyTreeBudNovember 23, 2014

    When I went to school we had neighbor women who worked in the cafeteria. Most were Italian decent and we got great food, though I remember the rubber hamburgers. We had real trays, real china and real flatware. I feel sorry for the kids today. A lot of them are not allowed to bring good, wholesome food from home. The school enforcers throw away the food from home and makes the student accept the food from the cafeteria and they can't share. It seems like a prison. What a shame.

  8. They are lucky! Have you seen the latest food creation for Americans coming out of Isra-hell the Nethanyahu-Burger? Finest sh*t.


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