What Should I Do If A Company Does Not Pay?

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Michael C.'s Comment
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I would like to get some advice from some veterans drivers that been in the business.

I am not going to mention the company name or companies I should say.

I been working with this small company with like 3 to 5 trucks under them. They are refusing to pay me. They are ignoring my calls, texts, and emails. What are my best options with dealing with this matter? I'm trying to keep a level head so they don't put anything on my DAC report to screw me in the future of getting a job.

I know a lot of guys will say get a lawyer. I can't afford a lawyer or even my bills at the moment because I haven't been paid. I'm working, strapping, trapping, and still getting 650 miles done in a day!

Any good, bad, or ugly advice will be Great!

Thank you

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Pat M.'s Comment
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They cannot put anything on your dac that isd not true. Department of labor can get their attention but if they are broke be prepared to get nothing. Get another job.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I would get another job right away and then decide if you want to try to pursue this or not. Chances are it's going to be a waste of time. It would probably cost you more time and money to fight it than is worth doing. Sometimes you're just better off chalking it up to experience and moving on.

Michael C.'s Comment
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I would get another job right away and then decide if you want to try to pursue this or not. Chances are it's going to be a waste of time. It would probably cost you more time and money to fight it than is worth doing. Sometimes you're just better off chalking it up to experience and moving on.

I'm still in there truck. Where I have to drop their truck off is far from where I live. So I will be stuck unless another company pay my way to them. Thank you for the advice

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You might actually get someone to pay your way from there. The large carriers will normally send a bus ticket to anyone who is joining their program. If you contact some of the major carriers they might just do that for you.

You can apply to 7 of them right here on our site with one real short application. They'll contact you pretty quickly and give you some answers:

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Michael C.'s Comment
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You might actually get someone to pay your way from there. The large carriers will normally send a bus ticket to anyone who is joining their program. If you contact some of the major carriers they might just do that for you.

You can apply to 7 of them right here on our site with one real short application. They'll contact you pretty quickly and give you some answers:

apply for truck driving jobs

Thank you

Rainy D.'s Comment
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But DO NOT abandon the truck just anywhere. THAT can destroy your DAC. Be sure to drop it where they tell you. get it in writing that you dropped it. it would be best to drive it to their terminal , get a receipt then get a ticket from another company for the bus. record a video with your phone that you dropped it and the condition of the truck.

you say they are not responding, yet you are driving 650 miles per day. how? how are they dispatching you?

Put a message in yhe QC stating you need an emergency response to your message or that you are headed into the terminal.

thats what i would do. take it to them, record it as proof, and record the truck condition so they cant try to bill you for damages

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Small company less than ten trucks. Not paying your check. Who is paying for the fuel? The fuel card still works? Who is dispatching you? Drive to the Yard and see them in person. Be respectful. Dont say things you might regret.

PJ's Comment
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That's a mess. I have seen something very similiar 1 time. IF they are refusing to respond to you then they are leaving you very few options. First I would line up a new job asap. Then being empty I would take their equipment home with me and secure it. Video/photo all their equipment. Send them a registered letter where it is at and put the ball in their court. You have not abandoned anything, your caring for their equipment, and you get home. I am guessing your on paper since the electronic mandate just hit and they probably have no gps tracker on the truck. sooner or later someone is going to want that equipment back. That gives you an oppurtunity to get your back pay hopefully. If not hand them a nuce storage bill and tell them you'll see them in court. Just my thoughts

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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That's a mess. I have seen something very similiar 1 time. IF they are refusing to respond to you then they are leaving you very few options. First I would line up a new job asap. Then being empty I would take their equipment home with me and secure it. Video/photo all their equipment. Send them a registered letter where it is at and put the ball in their court. You have not abandoned anything, your caring for their equipment, and you get home. I am guessing your on paper since the electronic mandate just hit and they probably have no gps tracker on the truck. sooner or later someone is going to want that equipment back. That gives you an oppurtunity to get your back pay hopefully. If not hand them a nuce storage bill and tell them you'll see them in court. Just my thoughts

we had a driver on this site who put the truck in a storage facility and told the company where it was. not only did the driver get charged for abandonment on his DAC but the company then tried to sue him for having to pay for a team/tow back to the terminal. plus he had been paying for secured storage.

anyome remember who that was?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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