Los Angeles is facing a $26 million legal payout to end a lawsuit over time rules that prevented trash truck drivers from taking naps, lawyers said.
The City Council moved ahead with the payout on Wednesday while meeting behind closed doors, the Los Angeles Times reported.
More than 1,000 drivers will receive an average of $15,000 in back pay under the payout, their attorney Matthew Taylor said.
Taylor said the workers were required to remain on duty during nine years of meal breaks, but they were not paid.
The no-nap rule also created dangers on the road, he said.
"It's a hazard to the public if you have commercial truck drivers who are fatigued and are not allowed to take a nap during their breaks," Taylor.
The rules were abandoned last summer when city lawyers warned officials that they might have to pay as much as $40 million if the workers' class action suit was successful.
A Superior Court judge and a state appeals court panel already sided with the drivers.
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Original headline: LA moves forward with $26 million payout no-nap rule
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