OSHA has ordered Georgia-based Interline Logistics Corp. to rehire a whistle-blowing Sauk Village driver who reported that his truck had brake problems.
According to OSHA investigators, a dispatcher told the driver to take the truck to a repair shop. He refused, stating that doing so would force him to work more hours than Department of Transportation regulations allow without an eight-hour rest period. The company fired him for refusing a dispatcher’s order.
That’s when the driver filed a complaint with OSHA, which investigated.
Now the administration has ordered Interline Logistics to reinstate the driver and pay him more than $190,000 in back wages, compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees and punitive damages.
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