A now defunct trucking company in North Canton, Ohio was found to terminate employees rather than abide by the proper safety precautions, according to an article in Insurance Journal.
Star Air Inc. terminated two drivers who refused to continue driving for the company until safety issues were resolved. Both drivers did not have the name of the company, its home base or its U.S. Department of Transportation number displayed on their trucks.
One of the dismissed drivers was cited by the West Virginia State Police for hauling an excess load without a commercial driver’s license, operating an overweight trailer and driving without a logbook.
Both drivers filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging the company discriminated against them in retaliation for activities protected by the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act. The owner of Star Air Inc. will be paying them over $300,000 to resolve the lawsuit. Read the full article here:
$300K Awarded to 2 Terminatd Ohio Truck Drivers
Unfortunately, trucking companies at times knowingly put unsafe vehicles on the road.
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