Believe it or not, truck drivers have rights too. There are laws in place to protect professional truckers from company retaliation for refusing to operate unsafe equipment, falsifying logbooks, false information placed on their DAC Report and even disputes that arise from trucking companies lease purchase programs. Per our previous post, OSHA and your rights as a truck driver, many truck drivers fail their case due to not having the proper legal representation.
Trucking employment law attorney, Paul Taylor was our special guest on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” Blog Talk Radio, on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 . The law office of Taylor & Associates, Ltd., of the Truckers Justice Center have been helping workers get justice for their employment-related problems for more than 20 years. Having come from a trucking family, Mr. Taylor understands the hardships faced by the professional trucker and specializes in trucking employment law.
Truck drivers who refuse to violate HOS rules or to operate the CMV in a way that would violate a Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulation are protected from any kind of retaliation by the trucking company, under the STAA, 49 U.S.C. Section 31105, and are encouraged to report any such retaliation to the FMCSA and to OSHA.
His law firm offers free initial consultation and works on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay NO ATTORNEY FEE unless they recover. As mentioned in our earlier post, one study found that OSHA ruled in favor of the truck driver only 31% of the time. However, in most of these cases the employee chose to act without an attorney experienced in employment law.
If you missed the broadcast with Paul Taylor of The Truckers Justice Center, you can catch it here:
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