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Podcast: STAA driver-whistleblower protections explained

| May 15, 2014

highwayWith the proposed anti-driver-coercion rule from the FMCSA now in a public comment period, the added legal protections it would bring for those blowing the whistle on unscrupulous motor carriers brought to mind the sometimes overlooked protections that already exist in the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. It’s the Department of Labor, not the DOT, where the primary jurisdiction lies under the Act, whose anti-retaliation provisions are extensive and have been in place since the Reagan administration.

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I’ve written about attorney Paul Taylor in the past, whose efforts around advocating for drivers in STAA cases have been extensive over the years. If you’re unfamiliar with the STAA law (cases of outcomes from STAA prosecutions can be found here and here and here from this year alone), below catch a podcast with audio from Taylor’s address to the 2012 Truck Driver Social Media Convention, which outlines STAA protections. Taylor can be found via the website for his practice at this link.

  • William McKelvie

    It’s not the fact that the protections are there, it is the time invested, the monies lost, the revenue lost, and anything else in that realm that prevents most drivers, lease purchase drivers, and even actual owners from following through with these complaints. Often times it may only be an instance once in a year or two years, but it does happen. When the system decides to make fines and punishments that are detrimental to these companies, to the point of they are not able to function properly, if at all as a company, that is the only time that the frequency of these actions from these companies will even begin to slow down. For example, has C.R. England even paid those drivers yet? From their most recent lawsuit and they were told to pay by the judge? Not that I have heard, unless I missed it.