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OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliation Against Drivers

A trucking company terminated a driver who refused to operate a truck because he was taking a narcotic medication.  The worker filed a Whistleblower complaint under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) which protects drivers from retaliation by employers for refusing to violate truck safety laws.  OSHA, which enforces the Whistleblower provisions of the STAA and 21 other federal statutes, investigated the complaint and determined that the termination was in retaliation for the workers’ refusal to drive in violation of the “Ill or Fatigued Operator Rule”.  OSHA ordered the employer to compensate the worker for lost wages and also ordered the company to remove any disciplinary occurrences from the worker’s personnel file.  Read the full OSHA Regional News Release here.

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