Wester Express Contract

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Deborah C.'s Comment
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I just have a question Can Western Express charge me for a beech of contract if I left do to medical reasons They just sent me an email stating I have 7 days to either come back to work for them or buy my contact or they will send it to collection I was only with them maybe 3 weeks and had to leave do to medical reasons my mother had brain cancer and now has died and I am now dealing with my own medical issues and can no longer drive over the road due to all the appointments I am doing

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Old School's Comment
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They can collect on it if they choose. Contracts are binding. You don't seem to know what your contract states. I'm not sure why you think we would know what it says. You don't have to pay it if you don't mind the ding on your credit. You said you aren't going back over the road , so there's no way they can keep you from getting a job. You aren't even trying to get a job as a driver.

If I bought a car from you, and you agreed to take payments from me, wouldn't you expect me to keep paying you even if my mother got brain cancer? I think you would want either my payments or the car back. That's all they are asking you to do. You agreed to something and now you want to change it just because your situation changed. Any time we sign a contract we have to realize that things can and often do change. In fact that is the whole purpose of a contract. It is a means of getting folks to bind themselves to something and keep their commitments in spite of their circumstances changing.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OOS:

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.

Jammer a's Comment
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Since you were only there 3 weeks you may be able to negotiate it down from full price but I doubt but you may get try

I just have a question Can Western Express charge me for a beech of contract if I left do to medical reasons They just sent me an email stating I have 7 days to either come back to work for them or buy my contact or they will send it to collection I was only with them maybe 3 weeks and had to leave do to medical reasons my mother had brain cancer and now has died and I am now dealing with my own medical issues and can no longer drive over the road due to all the appointments I am doing

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Yes, they can and will expect you to make good on the contract through either one year of working or payment. Seems to be a lot of people that sign the contract and then change their minds. I am truly sorry about your mother and I'm sure Western Express feels the same but that does not change the terms of your contract. That situation has no bearing on your job unless you have a claus written into it forgiving the contract if a relative has health issues, which I'm sure you do not. They will send it to collections and probably hound you pretty hard for it. You recieved the training and a job so you do truly owe for services rendered. They are not the bad guys trying to hurt you and your only having been there 3 weeks is irrelevant. I recommend you try to work it out by continuing to drive, talk to someone and see what can be done about making Dr. appointments...or just pay them what is owed. Or like Old School says, if you dont mind a credit score hit and years of collection agencies calling you, just don't pay it, but again, yes they can and yes you should either drive or pay it.

Barry H.'s Comment
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Find an attorney that will give a free consult on this matter, learn your options and then try to negotiate an acceptable resolution. Good Luck, sorry for your loss..

Harvest's Comment
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Try to negotiate with them for more time. But if you signed a contract, you will either have to pay or drive for them. If you just need a break from the road, tell them that. And when your ready, start driving again. But if you are done driving for good, you will need to pay what your contract says.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Find out IF possible, the EXACT cost of schooling. Did you stay in a dorm or hotel during training? etc

I found out the $6000+ CRST tries to ding quitters for is NOT actually school/training costs ! it's $1500 IF staying in their dorms n the free breakfast/lunches accounted for additionally, it's MAX is $2,500, not the $6000-7000 collections tries to get on their behalf.

good-luck-2.gif I don't care since I already finished my contract 10 months was nothing.

Daniel 's Comment
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They can collect on it if they choose. Contracts are binding.

True, but only a court can decide if an employment contract has been breached.

OOS:

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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