Fired trucker refused to outrage HOS and won $ 24000 from the company
The company in Houston paid almost $ 24000 amends to a former employee due to his unjustified firing.
Trucker was fired for refusing to comply with regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As stated in the case, the trucker was fired in June 2020 after he worked 19 hours and refused to drive the next day.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the US Department of Labor ordered the mobile crane rental company from Houston “Crane Masters” to pay the former driver nearly $ 14000 of the unpaid wage, interest and compensation amends, as well as $ 10000 of punitive sanctions.
After investigating the Crane Masters case by federal informers, OSHA determined that the company had violated the Ground Transportation Act by retaliating against the driver for refusing to violate safety rules.
“Crane Masters Inc. punished a driver who refused to jeopardize his own safety and safety of others on the road by violating federal laws that limit the number of hours that truck drivers can drive a commercial vehicle each day,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Eric Harbin in Dallas.
“Commercial truck drivers are critical to our country’s transportation infrastructure and economy, but we should never be forced to do anything that puts them or others at risk.”