Experienced Missouri Employment Law Attorneys
Were you fired because you refused to operate an unsafe commercial vehicle? Did you face disciplinary action because you reported safety violations? It is unfortunate that employees face such challenges for doing the right thing — especially when it means keeping roads, highways and bridges safer for other drivers. However, it is important to understand that truckers have rights and express protections under the law. Our attorneys at Holman Schiavone, LLC, can help you advocate for your interests and hold your employer accountable for violating your rights.
Are you a Kansas or Missouri truck driver who was terminated for reporting safety violations? Contact the employment law attorneys at our Kansas City law firm for a * free consultation. Call (816) 399-5149 or (816) 399-5149 to arrange an appointment.
We Stand Up for Truckers Who Refuse to Violate Safety Standards
Truckers across the United States have a reputation for speeding, driving too many hours without rest and violating other safety regulations. However, it is often the policies of the trucker’s employer that encourage such safety violations. Truckers may feel compelled to violate traffic laws and safety regulations in order to keep their jobs or make a mortgage payment. What many do not realize is that federal law not only protects them from retaliation for reporting such safety violations, they may be eligible for compensatory and punitive damages if their employer retaliates in the form of termination, demotion or other adverse employment action.
Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) — Protection for Truckers
The Surface Transportation Assistance Act is a federal law that prohibits employers from terminating or otherwise retaliating against drivers of commercial vehicles who refuse to violate Department of Transportation regulations and other safety regulations governing commercial vehicles. Under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act:
- Your employer cannot fire you for refusing to speed or drive a vehicle that has not been properly maintained.
- Your employer cannot penalize you for refusing to operate your vehicle in a hazardous manner.
- Your employer cannot discipline you for reporting safety violations or other violations to the government.
- If you believe your employer has retaliated in some manner, you may file a written complaint with OSHA within 180 days.
- You may be entitled to temporary reinstatement of employment pending preliminary review.
- You may be entitled to back pay for lost income and punitive damages from your employer.
Our Kansas City employment law attorneys have comprehensive understanding of the state and federal laws that protect truck drivers. We can help you understand your rights, assert your protections and recover the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Missouri Attorneys — Serving Truck Drivers Who Were Wrongfully Terminated
For honest protection and vigorous pursuit of your claim, please call our Missouri wrongful termination lawyers at (816) 399-5149 or (816) 399-5149, or you may contact us online to arrange a * free consultation.