Company Doesn't Pay!

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April L.'s Comment
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Who do I contact if I work for a company and they didn't pay me?

Old School's Comment
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First contact a recruiter at a different company and get a job where you don't have to deal with this sort of nonsense.

We really can't answer your question because we don't have any details. Are you an employee or a contractor? Have they been paying you prior to this incident? Did something happen with a load that was unsatisfactory to them or their customer? You know there's more to the story, but you didn't give us a clue.

There are usually three main reasons a driver can't get paid.

1. The company is small and crooked and it's drivers can't get work elsewhere because they have issues.

2. The driver is a 1099 contractor who just discovered what a pain it is to be illegally classified as a non employee in the trucking world.

3. The driver has been released from a legitimate W-2 employment position, but the company wants to try to recoup damages or losses caused by that driver.

Now, if you don't fall in one of those three categories, you may need to give us some help understanding your unique situation. Otherwise, I'd take my losses and move on. Call a recruiter - everybody's hiring right now.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Oh man, I forgot one reason some drivers can't get paid. They failed to pay attention during orientation and training and now they don't know how to process their paperwork properly. I've seen this right here in my own fleet.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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April, after contacting a recruiter for a different outfit, contact the County Prosecutor in the area the company is based in, presuming that there is no dispute over hours worked, expenses claimed, etc. File a formal complaint against the outfit for failure to pay wages. That's the hammer in the getting paid thing...

Errol V.'s Comment
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Old School, you forgot a few things some (newer) drivers might expect but don't understand.

Detention. Companies might not automatically pay you for waiting three hours to get unloaded. Often divers must meet certain requirements such as time at the actual dock, and being on duty not driving instead of just off duty.

Same for breakdowns and possibly some layovers.

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