Employers and employees living in Wisconsin are taking note of a trucking company in Oregon that was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Oak Harbor Freight Lines was found to be in violation of laws designed to protect employee rights.
OSHA also found that the trucking company's policy on absences disregarded the safety of its employees and the public at large by incentivizing drivers to violate the Ill or Fatigued Operator rule. OSHA ordered the trucking company to clear the driver's employment record and pay him the wages he lost after being terminated. The trucking company was also ordered to educate other drivers about their rights under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by posting information on the topic.
Employees who feel that their employer has violated their rights and dealt with them in an unjust manner do not have to suffer in silence. Attorneys working in the area of employment law may be able to assist their clients to pursue justice by gathering evidence to demonstrate the illegal nature of the actions taken against them and seeking financial compensation.
Source: THETRUCKER.com, "OSHA orders trucking company to stop retaliating against drivers", January 06, 2014