DATA MINING & ANALYTICS
DELIVERY DATA REVEALED CONTRACTOR OF LARGE ONLINE RETAILER STOLE EMPLOYEE WAGES
Employees of a contractor for a large online retailer alleged that they were not being paid for breaks, although their company was deducting that time from their paychecks. Several years of employee timesheets, scheduled delivery locations, and actual delivery time logs were compared to determine if it was possible for employees to have any break at all during their day. The scheduled delivery locations were first geolocated and mapped to find the average driving time between delivery locations for every worker on every day. Then, for every delivery, time was factored in for unloading the truck and delivering the product to the customer. That figure was based upon the average delivery time based upon the actual delivery logs. A simple subtraction of the total time between deliveries (including driving and unloading times) revealed that workers rarely had enough time between deliveries to take even a short break, let alone the half-hour or even hour that the company was deducting from their paychecks. When confronted with these findings, the contractor settled with regulators and paid the workers back for the improperly deducted time.
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