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Truck Drivers bring Hot Legal Topics at GATS


HOT LEGAL TOPICS for Truck Drivers during the Great American Truck Show at the Truckers News Stage on August 23, 2018 at 3:30 PM
America Strong Stage (Hall A)

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Workplace Rights , Protections and Free Ice Cream

The REAL Women in Trucking organization will host a Free Ice Cream Social during a “Hot Legal Topics for Truck Drivers” event that will feature three top lawyers that fight for the rights of drivers. Craig Ackermann, Esq. , Joshua Friedman, Esq. , and Paul Taylor, Esq.

Topics to be discussed:
Unpaid Work Time:
Detention, Meal and Rest Break Legislation and Litigation
Missclassification of Truck Drivers
Trucking School Fraud
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
Truck Driver Whistleblower STAA
Refusal to Drive Protections & Remedies

A Facebook Event Page has been created to provide additional details: Ice Cream Social – Hot Legal Topics for Truck Drivers

Hot Topics Law Firms at GATS

Craig Ackermann, Esq.
Mr. Ackermann has been an advocate for truckers rights such as: individual, representative and class action litigation, including unpaid and on-duty rest period class actions, PAGA penalty misclassification cases, non-reimbursed business expense class actions, unpaid overtime class actions, and multi-plaintiff sexual harassment cases. He is presently additional Counsel for New Prime inc., vs Dominic Oliveira
Read more about this case here
Craig has been a guest explaining the Denham Amendment and other trucking issues affecting truckers on radio shows such as AskTheTrucker Live and Sirius XM  Road Dog Trucking radio.

Joshua Friedman Esq
Mr Friedman’s practice is limited to sexual harassment, racial harassment and other types of harassment, at work and at school, and class action discrimination cases.  He is presently best known among the truck driver community for his ongoing CRST sexual harassment case.
More info about this case and sexual harassment
Surviving the Long Haul
Trucking Firm Said to Shrug at Sex Assaults
Sexual harassment lawsuit against long-haul trucking company in the age of #MeToo

A Big Win in Court for Female Truck Drivers in Sexual Harassment Case
Unsealing Court Records
We WON! Motion to Intervene in CRST Van Expedited Sexual Harassment Class Action Case

Paul Taylor Esq.
Mr. Taylor has been helping workers resolve their employment-related problems for more than 20 years. Truckers Justice Center levels the playing field for workers who have suffered wrongful termination, discrimination, lease violations, DAC reports, or have been harassed or subjected to retaliation because they blew the whistle on illegal practices.
Paul is known throughout the trucker community on Social Media and via his educational Truckers Justice YouTube channel.

The Ice Cream Social learning event HOT LEGAL TOPICS for Truck Drivers will take place during the Great American Truck Show at the Truckers News Stage on August 23, 2018 at 3:30 PM.

RWIT President Desiree Wood, a truck driver herself encourages all drivers and those who support them in their advocacy campaigns to create an improved workplace culture to attend this important event.

The issue of sexual harassment is just one of the issues affecting truck drivers that will be discussed. Legislation that affects unpaid work time like detention, meal and rest break cases, Missclassification of truck drivers, Blacklisting from future employment, Trucking school fraud, Truck driver whistleblower protections under the Department of Labor Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) that allows for refusals to drive and remedies in certain situations and the current arbitration clause case overview.

“In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp , it is about time says Wood that trucking begins to have a meaningful discussion surrounding sexual misconduct in training fleets and how we must learn about our rights and hold those who violate them accountable.

The REAL Women in Trucking booth at GATS is #948 for the duration of the show. The Ice Cream Social with HOT LEGAL TOPICS for Truck Drivers will happen on Day One of the truck show on the truckers news stage beginning at 3:30 PM August 23, 2018.
America Strong Stage (Hall A)

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. is a 501 (c)(6) driver organization formed by working women truck drivers. Their mission is:

To deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education, and advocacy.

Please contact Desiree Wood for more information 561.232.9170



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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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