FedEx Corp. will pay the state of Montana a $2.3 million settlement over misclassification of FedEx Ground drivers as independent contractors, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock announced Oct. 21.
The settlement follows a yearlong investigation by Montana that found FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors, and that FedEx owed unemployment taxes, penalties and interest, according to the attorney general’s office.
Montana will reimburse drivers $1.1 million for unemployment insurance coverage that was paid by them. The remaining $1.2 million will go to the state’s general fund.
FedEx did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement.
“As a result of the investigation, FedEx will change its business practices in Montana,” according to the attorney general’s office. FedEx Ground will “implement a new pickup and delivery model in Montana,” the office reported.
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