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UPS ordered to pay in excess of $247,000 in damages to truck driver

United States Department of Labor

United States Department of Labor

In a decision issued on Friday, November 15, 2013, U. S. Department of Labor Judge Daniel Solomon ordered UPS to reinstate and pay in excess of $247,000 in damages to truck driver Tim Bishop. Judge Solomon found that UPS fired Mr. Bishop because he accurately recorded waiting time as “on duty” time on his electronic DOT log. UPS claimed that this time should have been recorded as “meal” on Bishop’s electronic log.

Judge Solomon found that UPS fired Bishop in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act which protects drivers from retaliation for accurately recording on duty time as well as protecting them from retaliation for filing complaints alleging violations of DOT safety regulations, or for refusing to drive in violation of a DOT safety regulation. Link to Judge Solomon’s decision and order

Mr. Bishop was represented by Paul Taylor of the Truckers Justice Center. Mr. Taylor can be reached at 651-454-5800.

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By: Allen Smith

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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  1. Randall

    So glad UPS finally got nabbed on this, what took so long, it happens all the time. I remember the big settlement back in the nineties in Washington state, that was a great victory for the drivers, but they have been few and far between for all their hard working drives.

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