Swift ordered to pay CRST $15 million for recruiting drivers under contract

August 2, 2019

A jury has ruled that Swift Transportation (No. 3 in the CCJ Top 250) owes CRST Expedited (No. 17) more than $15 million for recruiting freshly licensed truck drivers who were locked into 10-month employment contracts with CRST.

Swift did not return a request for comment on the lawsuit or whether it plans to appeal.

In a complaint filed in March 2017, CRST alleged that Swift made repeated attempts to hire drivers who had completed CDL training via CRST’s in-house training program, which the carrier provides for free so long as drivers agree to drive for the company for at least 10 months after completing the training.