Trucking Employment Law
We know trucking law inside and out.
When you’re a commercial truck driver, bus driver, UPS or delivery driver, or any kind of driver with a commercial driver’s license who’s got an employment problem, you want to talk to a lawyer who knows your business and the unique problems you face. You want a trucking employment law attorney like Paul O. Taylor.
Taylor is the third generation of a trucking family. His father and grandfather worked in trucking; his brothers and nephews still work in trucking. He worked as a trucking dispatcher to put himself through law school. You don’t need a translator when you’re talking us; we know first-hand what you’re up against.
At the Truckers Justice Center of Taylor & Associates, we help truckers across the nation, from major transport hubs like Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH, and Dallas, TX, to the smallest highway truck stop in the middle of Middle America. We can help you get results if you’ve had problems in any area of trucking employment, including:
Refusal to Drive
The STAA (Surface Transportation Assistance Act) (which also covers whistleblower cases), gives truck drivers the right to refuse to drive a commercial vehicle when it would violate the law to do so (for example, driver fatigue or illness, unwillingness to participate in an illegal activity, or a reasonable belief that a vehicle is unsafe because of worn tires, missing headlights, or low air pressure in brake system). STAA is supposed to protect drivers by preventing firing or other retaliatory action from truck companies; but you may need a truck employment lawyer to really get enforcement of the Act.
Commercial Truck Lease Disputes
Owner-operators can be cheated out of their hard-earned income by illegal charge-back schemes or “skimming”; they can lose equity from lease purchase agreements that aren’t fair. We help clients with federal “Truth in Leasing” claims.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
If you failed a random drug or alcohol test, your livelihood may be in jeopardy. But your test may have been done illegally, performed incorrectly or by a non-certified medical review officer (MRO), or reported inaccurately. Your employer can only test you for reasonable suspicion of drug and alcohol use if you are about to perform or have just completed a safety-sensitive function. Depending upon the circumstances, we can work with you to get your employment records cleaned up.
USIS (United States Investigative Services) maintains employment files (called DAC reports) on all commercial drivers that include accident records, drug testing reports and eligibility for rehire information from all previous employers. There are MANY incorrect reports in DAC files. Companies will put outright lies into DAC reports as retaliation against drivers. USIS is a consumer reporting agency, which means you have a right to see the information kept in these reports and you have the right to correct the information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The Truckers Justice Center can help you correct your DAC reports.
The Truckers Justice Center at Taylor & Associates focuses its legal practice on employment law for commercial truck drivers across the nation, including such trucking hubs as Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH, and Dallas, TX.