I read court cases involving truckers all week. It’s part of the job. Everything from noncompliant carriers busted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General to lost wages due to misclassification.
Earlier this week I received an email from a lawyer giving me a heads up about a case involving a truck driver who was fired for refusing to accept an overweight load. The complainant claims that it was illegal for him to haul the load. Under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA), the complainant was protected from repercussions for what is essentially coercion to violate regulations. He won the case and was awarded back pay, mental pain damages, attorney fees, and $50,000 in punitive damages. In addition, the carrier was ordered to put him back to work.
Sounds like a slam dunk case against a carrier committing coercion. But then I read the full court document.