Schneider National Kept My Employment Record For Over 10 Yrs

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David S.'s Comment
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I recently tried to get rehired by Schneider National after being out of trucking for 12 years I applied contacted a recruiter who told me I was eligible for rehire in which I should I haven't worked for Schneider for 12 years had my interview and at the end was denied employment because I was terminated for a safety violation 12 years ago I was shocked is it even possible for a company to keep employment records for over decade? let alone deny employment for something that happened 12 years ago I was told I need to go get 6 months experience elsewhere then Schneider would hire me on, Do I have a case of discrimination or a lawsuit for them keeping employment records for 12 years?

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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They are required, once you have a CDL , to check your employment for the previous 10 years...so, to me it's not a stretch that they have your records for a couple more years.

Do you have a case for discrimination or a lawsuit? Don't know and you wouldn't like my answer, so wait for the guys to answer.

Laura

CDL:

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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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Are you seriously considering a lawsuit for something YOU did wrong? No, you can't sue them for keeping track of who they have employed over the years. What would be the grounds? Too good a memory? Lmao and smh.

Andrey's Comment
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It is a coomon practice for many companies to require safe six months of driving after being fired for a safety reason. Do you have a record of safe driving after you were fired?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Lawsuit? No possible chance, but waste your money as you see fit.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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I recently tried to get rehired by Schneider National after being out of trucking for 12 years I applied contacted a recruiter who told me I was eligible for rehire in which I should I haven't worked for Schneider for 12 years had my interview and at the end was denied employment because I was terminated for a safety violation 12 years ago I was shocked is it even possible for a company to keep employment records for over decade? let alone deny employment for something that happened 12 years ago I was told I need to go get 6 months experience elsewhere then Schneider would hire me on, Do I have a case of discrimination or a lawsuit for them keeping employment records for 12 years?

FMCSA requires a company to verify employment where a CMV was driven going back a minimum of 10 years. So, every trucking company maintains employment records for at least 10 years.

Discrimination? For what? You were legally terminated. The company doesn't want to rehire you. There is no right being violated here. Move on to the next company. I wish you the best in your re-entry into trucking.

~Kerry

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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I recently tried to get rehired by Schneider National after being out of trucking for 12 years I applied contacted a recruiter who told me I was eligible for rehire in which I should I haven't worked for Schneider for 12 years had my interview and at the end was denied employment because I was terminated for a safety violation 12 years ago I was shocked is it even possible for a company to keep employment records for over decade? let alone deny employment for something that happened 12 years ago I was told I need to go get 6 months experience elsewhere then Schneider would hire me on, Do I have a case of discrimination or a lawsuit for them keeping employment records for 12 years?

Besides, when did being an unsafe driver become a protected class?

Old School's Comment
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Do I have a case of discrimination or a lawsuit for them keeping employment records for 12 years?

Honestly I started to laugh when I first read this. Then I realized it wasn't funny at all. Then I almost started to cry.

I want to know what ever happened to our good old American work ethic? When I was a kid every able bodied man I knew was working and doing what he could to make sure his family was clothed, fed and had shelter. There was no such thing as stimulus money and there was certainly no imaginations about a "basic universal income" that we hear politicians promoting these days. This isn't the first person we've had in here lately who thinks they have grounds for a lawsuit just because they are having an issue getting hired as a truck driver. It's disturbing.

I had a terrible time getting hired when I first started this career. I have never been able to figure out what the problem was, but I never dreamed of hiring a lawyer. It seems so many folks want to just litigate for income rather than work for it. Our government offers to give us money for not working. On what level does that make sense. Our attorneys offer to give us money by punishing entities who have done us no wrong. It's unconscionable. If a corporation has wronged someone willfully then I am all for them being punished. If they have hurt someone willfully and knowingly, they deserves our scrutiny and legal action. When they don't want to hire you because of an old safety violation, but are willing to offer you a path to employment by asking you to establish yourself somewhere else first, then you have a golden opportunity before you. Take it and show some pride in yourself and your abilities. Get out there and establish yourself as a professional who loves what he is doing.

I have noticed a trend lately of people who hear about a strong demand for drivers, and they interpret that as an easy way to get into a driving career. There are still standards that stand in the way of becoming a truck driver. There are good reasons for those standards. They still apply during times of high demand and low supply. This is a safety sensitive position. Truck driving is still listed in the top ten most dangerous jobs in the country. Any trucking company has a right to refuse employment to someone with past safety issues. How do we overcome that problem? Schneider gave the formula that most other companies use. Go get yourself a job somewhere else first. Prove to us that you can operate safely and them we will re-hire you. I have seen this done at Knight on many occasions. There is nothing wrong with that approach. It is like an olive branch being extended to someone who has had past safety issues. Here is the way to get back in. If a person really wants back in they would take the offer and run with it. If their first response is to call an attorney, I highly doubt their sincerity in wanting to be a professional at all. Trucking is all about performance. If we screw up we suffer the consequences. If we can prove ourselves worthy, the sky is the limit.

This is a career where we stand or fall on our own merit. All the attorneys in the world cannot change that.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris P.'s Comment
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Old School,

While I don't think keeping his record for 12 years is grounds for a lawsuit, I also don't think telling him to prove himself somewhere else first is extending an olive branch. People change a lot in 12 years, and it's as if these companies are looking for every reason possible not to hire you. Pride won't hire me, for example, because my work history isn't solid. They tell me to work somewhere else first. Well, I don't want to do some other job I don't want for 3 years to prove myself to a stupid company that doesn't understand that. The American work ethic left when Americans stopped being paid well when adjusting for inflation. I embrace UBI, but I still want to work if anyone will hire me. These companies can find stupid reasons not to hire anyone if they look enough.

Also, when is your book coming? I still want to read it. Is it going to be on Amazon?

Mikey B.'s Comment
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"The American work ethic left when Americans stopped being paid well when adjusting for inflation"

I say this with all the respect that deserves and that I can muster.....Oh BooHoo, cry me a river 😢 🎻. There's NO excuse for crap work ethics. You asked for the job, if they hire you, do the best you can.

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