View Full Version : Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

09-01-2011, 04:30 PM
The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.

Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”

The EEOC detailed the case on its website:

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., a trucking company with a service center in Fort Smith, Ark., violated federal law by discriminating against at least one truck driver because of self-reported alcohol abuse, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. The company should have met its legal obligation to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act while assuring safety, rather than permanently sidelining self-reporting drivers, the EEOC contended. ...http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/30/feds-to-trucking-company-you-cannot-fire-alcoholic-drivers/

09-02-2011, 12:51 AM
I've got a sneaking suspicion that this is a case of a driver working the system. Here's how:

The driver is sick and tired of driving and being gone all the time.

So he turns himself in as an alcoholic even though he has never had a driving violation.

The driver knows he will be removed from the driving fleet, and hopes that he will be retained in some other position. It was a gamble, and so far he has won. Now, OD Trucking (How you like that name?) has to keep him. Even if they don't need him.:(

And why fire alcoholics?.... Cab you imagine if the guy ever got caught drinking and driving? Big Headlines....TRUCKING COMPANY EMPLOYS KNOWN ALCOHOLICS!

09-02-2011, 12:58 AM
Well, I will be posting this at work tomorrow for all the Obamunists.

And just so you know, I do work at Old Dominion as a driver. They are a GREAT NON-UNION workplace which happens to be the most profitable LTL trucking company in the United States today. All of us drivers are some of the best paid in the industry.

We need a bumper sticker that says "Drunk drivers for Obama in 2012". :mad: