There was a time when Amazon relied on delivery services like UPS, FedEx, and USPS to deliver their packages. As the company grew in size and profits, they had to hire their own drivers, which led to the service known as Amazon Flex. This program allows independent contractors to make Amazon deliveries using their own vehicles. This way, Amazon has a fleet of ready and able drivers, and drivers have the flexibility to work flexible hours using their own car. It’s a win-win for everyone, except when there’s an accident.
Car accidents among Amazon Flex drivers are inevitable, considering how many of them are out on the road at all hours of the day. Sometimes, it’s the Amazon driver who was careless or driving recklessly, meaning they are responsible for the accident. But Flex drivers can also be injured due to another driver’s negligence, or from issues like bad weather and dangerous road conditions.
Are you an Amazon Flex driver who was deactivated or fired after an auto accident? If you were not the one at fault, you may have a case for wrongful termination against Amazon. For more information on the legal actions you can take, contact our law firm and speak to a deactivated from Amazon Flex accident lawyer.
Understanding Amazon Flex’s Deactivation Policy
Right now, you’re probably wondering “Do I have a case?” when it comes to a lawsuit against Amazon for wrongful termination. To answer that question, you’ll need to make sure that you are not in violation of Amazon Flex’s deactivation policy. Essentially, there are many reasons that can lead to your account being deactivated. Some of these reasons are as follows:
- Inactivity (not working a shift) for 6 or more months
- Found in possession of a weapon
- Multiple complaints from customers
- Working for a rideshare company during your shift
- Driving under the influence (alcohol and/or drugs)
- Expired documents such as driver’s license and registration
- Cancelling a shift without a good reason
- Violating the company’s passenger / pet policy
- Harassing or threatening behavior towards customers or other Flex drivers
Accidents are another reason that you could lose your job with Amazon Flex, but the company cannot automatically assume that you are the responsible party. Amazon must investigate the incident and give you a chance to present your side of the story. You can be deactivated during this time, but you should be reinstated once it’s proven that you are not to blame.
I was Fired from Amazon Flex after an Accident During Delivery – Can I Sue?
If your Amazon Flex account was permanently deactivated without good cause, you may be able to sue the company for wrongful termination. As we mentioned, a temporary deactivation is to be expected after an accident, since the company has to make sure that you were not at fault. However, they cannot permanently ban you from the platform when there is evidence to support your innocence. Additionally, they cannot drag out an investigation for weeks or months without a good reason.
Unfortunately, Amazon is known for being evasive when drivers have questions about their account status or why they were deactivated. Many drivers give up out of fatigue and frustration, which is why Amazon continues to get away with wrongful deactivations. If you are a driver who has been unfairly deactivated by Amazon Flex, please give us a call right away. A wrongful termination lawyer can advise you of your rights, which may include a lawsuit for monetary compensation.
Compensation from a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit against Amazon Flex
Being fired by Amazon Flex is a stressful situation for any driver, especially if they rely on the service as their main source of income. Hopefully, your account is restored after Amazon has a chance to conduct an investigation. But if you are unfairly terminated, there are many losses you will sustain, not to mention the losses you’re dealing with from the moment you were deactivated.
Compensation is available for these losses if you have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Damages you can recover include:
- Lost wages and tips
- Emotional distress (pain and suffering) for mental health issues caused by job loss and wrongful termination
- Punitive damages (if gross negligence by Amazon is a factor in your case)
- Legal fees
- Medical expenses (if you were injured in the accident)
As each wrongful termination claim is different, you should speak with an attorney to verify the specific damages you can ask for. The lawyers of DTLA are ready to assist you, so please contact our office at your earliest convenience.
Can I Change Lawyers if I have an Active Lawsuit against Amazon Flex?
Technically, you can switch lawyers at any time, even if you’re in the middle of a wrongful termination lawsuit. Whether you should do so or not is the real question, which our lawyers will be happy to help you with. If you are unhappy with the service you’re receiving from your attorney, contact our office and schedule a free second opinion.
One of our attorneys can review your case and advise you on how your lawyer is doing. Are they taking all reasonable measures to recover your damages? Are there warning signs that indicate your lawyer’s lack of experience? These, and many other issues, can affect the outcome of your case, which is why it’s essential to confirm your suspicions with an experienced attorney.
If changing lawyers is in your best interest, we’ll do all the work of transferring your case to our firm. Even if you decide to stay with your current lawyer, your consultation is completely free, so there’s nothing to lose by speaking with one of our attorneys.
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Delivery drivers are some of the hardest working people in our society, yet they tend to receive the worst treatment from their employers. Companies like Amazon defend their actions by saying that Flex drivers are independent contractors, who do not have the same rights as employees. This is true to some extent, but the laws clearly allow protections against wrongful terminations, regardless of your work status.
As an unfairly deactivated Amazon Flex worker, it’s essential to seek help from a lawyer that’s experienced with wrongful termination lawsuits. If you’re worried about the cost of legal representation, we offer a Zero fee guarantee, meaning you pay nothing upfront for our services. All our costs are put off until the end of your case, when you receive your settlement from Amazon. In short, the only way we get paid is if you get paid.
The lawyers of DTLA are waiting to speak with you during a free case evaluation. If you’re ready to learn more about your rights and legal options, don’t hesitate to give us a call.