Discriminatory Practices?

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Donald Y.'s Comment
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I finally was ready to get off of disability, my doctors cleared me for work. So I thought I would try getting on with Maverick USA. Called the recruiter and was going through all the questions. We talked about me being a convicted felon and having one DUI which all was well over 10 years ago and he told me it was nothing to worry about. But when I finally told him that I was coming off of disability He stated we cannot hire someone that's been disabled. This totally threw me off because right after that he hung up. I did send an email trying to find out more to no avail. I called corporate offices and still no response. Is this a normal practice for trucking companies? I have been medically cleared. Do they realize that they can qualify for a tax break? Why would they discriminate against disabled or someone that was on disability?


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C T.'s Comment
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Hello and welcome. I'm with maverick now. Not sure about your situation, but what type of disability did/do you have? Do you require any medication? Hearing that you were disabled then hanging up just doesn't sound right at all without an explanation.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Perhaps it was lack of work history. you are a convicted felon who wrongly chose to drink and drive, and now cannot show a work history.

regardless of how long ago your circumstances were, all companies have different guidelines. i hate the word discriminatory because that is exactly what the hring process is...an elimination of candidates to find the right one. some.companies would have rejected you for even one DUI in a lifetime....a lifetime, not a decade. Others would have rejected you with the felony. Then comes the disability aka "i havent worked in X amount of time so you have no history to judge my length of staying at one company and get an idea if you will get back your investment after my training period is done" and that could have been the final.straw for that company.

whatever tax break you think you are worth, it is nothing compared to the million dollar lawsuit you could create by killing someone on the road.

All.compamies have their guidelines. Apply everywhere and see what happens. Good luck Apply For Paid CDL Training


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Hours Of Service

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Old School's Comment
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Donald, in looking over your brief history with us, most of your posts have had to do with your disability. I understand how something like this becomes part of who we are, but you have got to change your mindset if you want to move forward. At first you were concerned that your disability caused you to have no work history, and now you are wanting to play the discrimination card. None of that is helpful to you.

I totally agree with Rainy. What more is the hiring process than determining who is going to make the best candidate? The hiring process is inherently discriminatory. If I choose one person over the other, did I discriminate against the one who didn't get the job?

Here's something that you probably haven't considered. Maverick is a flat bed company. Flatbed companies are much stricter than others in their physical requirements for their job candidates, and with good reason. It is a very physical job, and it is performed out in the elements. It involves heavy lifting, and all sorts of climbing. Sometimes we do some crazy stuff right out there in the snow and ice, and the rain, or the heat of the Arizona desert. No company wants to risk someone who has a history of physical problems getting hurt out here, and it is not unusual for them to eliminate candidates for physical reasons.

Just keep moving forward and focus on getting on with some other trucking company. I recommend that you start your career as a dry van driver, get some experience in handling a big rig, then after a year or so if you want to try flat bed, I think you will find a much warmer reception. You need to walk before you run, and with your history you really want to try and ease yourself into this. It is a career that is not easy to break into, and if you go into it thinking that you are being done wrong, you will definitely be adding an extra burden on yourself that is completely unnecessary.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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