Truck Driver Retaliation (Whistle Blower) Claims
Truck driver retaliation (Whistle-blower) claims
A TRUCK DRIVER WHO REPORTS SAFETY VIOLATIONS OR REFUSES TO DRIVE UNDER UNSAFE CONDITIONS CANNOT BE FIRED IN RETALIATION UNDER THE STAA ACT.
Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA)
Many truck drivers in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces New Mexico do not realize that they have protection if they report safety violations or refuse to take a load under unsafe conditions cannot be retaliated against. Truck drivers have rights under the STAA Act under this statute.
What kind of activities are covered by STAA?
- Refusals to drive when you are too tired or the load is unsafe.
- Making a complaint to the United State Department of Transportation USDOT about violations, or possible violations, of commercial vehicle safety regulations.
- Making a complaint to your employer about violations, or possible violations of commercial vehicle safety regulations.
- Testifying at a union grievance hearing or arbitration hearing where the subject of the hearing involves violations, or possible violations, of commercial vehicle safety regulations.
- Refusing to drive a commercial vehicle when impaired due to illness or fatigue.
- Refusing to drive a vehicle that exceeds highway weight restrictions.
- Refusing to violate hours-of-service regulations.
- Refusing to drive a vehicle with defective lamps, leaky exhaust systems, inadequate brake pressure or adjustment.
- Refusing to violate speed limits.
- Refusing to drive in hazardous weather.
- Insisting on thoroughly inspecting equipment to make sure it is safe to operate.
- Refusing to falsify a log book.
You are protected even if you are wrong as long as you make the complaint in good fait.