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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, August 18, 2014

OSHA orders trucking company to rehire driver, compensate with back pay

An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA has ordered Terry Unrein, an independent trucking contractor in Gresham, Oregon, to reinstate a driver fired in late 2011 for refusing to drive a 10,000-pound truck with inadequate tire tread on public highways. Driving under these conditions violated federal transportation regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Unrein fired the driver eight days after she had the truck's tire replaced before driving on the highway.


The driver filed a whistleblower complaint, and OSHA cited that the driver's termination violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act's employee protection provisions. 

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