FedEx Sued by Maine Drivers over Contractor Status 

Eight current and former FedEx drivers in Maine have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the package-delivery company misclassified them as independent contractors. Attorney Harold Lichten says that FedEx Ground Delivery and FedEx Home Delivery – affiliates of Memphis-based FedEx Corp. – use only independent contractors nationwide. He said by classifying drivers as contractors ratherthan employees, FedEx avoids having to pay social security, unemployment and payroll taxes, as well as overtime and workers’ compensation fees. The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, seeks to have the drivers reclassified as employees and to be paid past overtime wages and other compensation. A company spokesman said FedEx would defend its businesspractices, as it has done in other court cases. (AP)