Ok so this just happened and im a bit pissed but here's the story.
My dad started working for a new trucking company about a week ago where you get paid by the truckload. When he first started he went to their "main branch" for training for a day thats in Oklahoma. After that he where they have the trucks and they gave him a truck that he would only be using. So they put him in the truck and he was following this one guy to show him how to load/unload sand since the sand gets shot out at high speed or so which needs training. He went out for 2-3 days only did one load since the guy he was with was kind of put on the "shitlist" for some odd reason or so and since my dad was with him, that automatically put him on the shitlist for mainbranch that dispatches people.
Before my dad started he got a jury summons which was today. When he first joined on he told them he had jury duty and they said ok. Fastforward to this week monday. They wanted to send him on a run to do a few loads which again could be days out in the field since they want trucks on standby 24/7. He told them that he would love to do it but he needs to be back for jury duty. The mainbranch dispatch didnt like that what so ever but where the trucks are parked my dad drives (lets call it the lot), the guy was ok with it and told him to give him a call when its done. So jury duty was today and he was lucky to get released at lunchtime. He went to do a few personal errands afterwards and call the guy at the lot at 5pm today. The guy said "we're gona have to let you go, I also let go of (guy that was training dad)".
This place has been losing 20k per month because they have no drivers (so the guy at the lot told my dad awhile back). He is incharge of these 4 trucks (they plan on moving 30 down from OK to TX soon) and my dad was showing him the fines the company could face if they make him drive over limit CDL drivers have and it blew that guys mind. He was so shocked he took it to make a copy to keep it on record. That shows you how much of their shit is in line. He knows nothing, especially laws.
So yeah, thats what just happened. My dad is too damn nice, he said he doesnt want to do anything to them (if this was illegal) because that guy at the yard is too nice and it would bring down the company that just started.
Im mindblown right now. Even if they wanted to fire him, they should of atleast waited rather then waiting for my dad to call to see what time he should go in after jury duty then BAM, sorry, we dont need you any more can you return the keys please?
After talking to my dad, they reason they were pissed at the person that was training him because he told the company he couldnt drive anymore because to state law, if you drive over a certain limit without taking a break, they will charge the driver and the fines run in the thousands and ontop of that, the truck driver company doesnt have to pay their fine and it goes on the drivers record. They have state troopers in line pulling truckers over to read their logs, thats why my dad was following the law so he wont get screwed over.
This shit pisses me off. My dad tried out 2 other truck driving companies and all want you to drive more then you are allowed. They dont care if you are following texas laws. You do what they say or they'll find another guy to screw over. And one company wanted more from you and their trucks were pulling to the left alot which they were aware of and didnt want to fix till something major was wrong. Yeah, i guess youll need to crash head on taking a few lives with you to get trucks fixed at certain companies.
To the people that dont know, theres a huge oil boom here in south texas called the Eagle Ford Shale. Theres loads of money to be made here but time is money and they want more out of you then you can legally do.--