Gay/Lesbian/Trans Drivers At McElroy

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Randall C.'s Comment
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Let me try to clarify some. First, I am a Christian. My "Christian values" are welcome, love, respect and not judge those who have different faith traditions, beliefs, political ideologies, lifestyles and all the other ways of being which tend to separate us. And, based on your comments, it appears y'all share those with me. Thanks. However, some people's use of that term mean just the opposite. Second, I was not looking for advice or opinions about the industry. I was only asking about one particular company and anyone's personal experience with that specific company. Obviously I was not as specific as I could have been. And, my apologies for setting off any triggers. If I was an African American and did not notice any African Americans on their website or their videos, I would be asking the same question. If I was female and did not notice any females on their website or their videos, I would again, be asking the same question. And the same goes for taking family, friends, significant others or pets on your runs. If even one LGBTQ person responds they worked at McElroy and it was a great employer, then I would apply. If more than one LGBTQ driver says they or someone they knew had issues, then I would just pass and cross the company off my list. So far, my question remains unanswered.

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RealDiehl's Comment
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We get a lot of bull****ters, troublemakers, and trolls on here. Sometimes it's difficult to pick out who's being genuine and who's just trying to cause drama.

Unfortunately I don't think we have any members who currently work for or have worked for McElroy.

If you have questions about any companies represented here then we will gladly answer any you have.

The main focus of this site is to help new drivers just starting out.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Let me try to clarify some. First, I am a Christian. My "Christian values" are welcome, love, respect and not judge those who have different faith traditions, beliefs, political ideologies, lifestyles and all the other ways of being which tend to separate us. And, based on your comments, it appears y'all share those with me. Thanks. However, some people's use of that term mean just the opposite. Second, I was not looking for advice or opinions about the industry. I was only asking about one particular company and anyone's personal experience with that specific company. Obviously I was not as specific as I could have been. And, my apologies for setting off any triggers. If I was an African American and did not notice any African Americans on their website or their videos, I would be asking the same question. If I was female and did not notice any females on their website or their videos, I would again, be asking the same question. And the same goes for taking family, friends, significant others or pets on your runs. If even one LGBTQ person responds they worked at McElroy and it was a great employer, then I would apply. If more than one LGBTQ driver says they or someone they knew had issues, then I would just pass and cross the company off my list. So far, my question remains unanswered.

I am a woman. I didnt give a care about women in videos or on the site. I know what i bring to the table. ALL companies nowadays are terrified of discriminatory perceptions which will result in lawsuits.

Honestly it is to the point where minority groups get special treatment, not discimination. I constantly champion against womens groups that claim women will be raped or victimized in this field. I truly believe that the special interest groups want people to be fearful. Then the groups are needed. If the womens groups didnt tell the women to be afraid...the women wouldnt be forming and participate in a womens group. Same concept, different demographic.

Dont base your opinions on a few people either. I know plenty of idiots who bash my company...yet many here would agree it can be a great place. I wouldnt be here for 8 years if not.

Good luck

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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And, based on your comments, it If I was female and did not notice any females on their website or their videos, I would again, be asking the same question.

Oh be for real! In a field of 3.5 million drivers, only 7.5% are women! Many small to medium sized companies don't have women drivers...even though they would hire them in a heartbeat. When I look for a company, I have more important requirements than if there are other females on board. I make very few friends in a company because many drivers jump from company to company. I have more friends that I stay in touch with from Trucking Truth than I do in my company.

I have been with 5 companies since I came back in 2014. I was the only female in 3 of those companies. I see more women now than I did during 1988 - 1993 when I was driving and there was only 1% women drivers. The company I drive for now, at age 72 (next week) has another lady and I running cans to the Port of Oakland. I am the longest running female driver for them at 25 months. The other lady is talking about leaving after 4 mths, so I will be the only female again, but just one of the guys 😁

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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I was not looking for advice or opinions about the industry. I was only asking about one particular company and anyone's personal experience with that specific company.
So far, my question remains unanswered.

Randall, we try our best to help people understand this career. For the most part, it remains mysterious to many people. We try hard, but it's a non stop battle. Every newcomer is determined to divide it up by trying to determine which companies are good and which are bad.

You have thrown yourself right into that camp. You want someone to assure you that the McElroy company treats *****/gay/trans people just like they treat straight people. The ONLY reason you would ask such a thing is because you totally don't get how trucking works. We tried to help you understand, but you are unsatisfied with our answers.

The truth is, we gave you what you need. You need some understanding of how this industry works. I don't care where you work as a trucker. They could care less about your personal behavior or sexuality. If you MAKE IT AN ISSUE it will follow you everywhere. Stop making it an issue. Nobody but yourself gives a damn about it.

Being employed as a trucker is an extremely independent job. I don't know who you think you will be interacting with at McElroy. The answer is almost nobody.

I sometimes go three to six months without ever seeing anybody from my company. It's just me and the truck getting things done. There are no meetings with people. There's little to no personal interaction with other employees and certainly extremely little interaction with any kind of management. Even while I'm typing this to you I received my next load assignment. It came by email. There was no interaction with anybody.

When you don't have any personal interactions in your job, there's nobody to be judgemental against you. Get over your fearful expectations and be prepared to prove you're a worthwhile individual who can be a top performer. Anything less than that is what's going to give you trouble out here in this job. Be the best there is and nobody will care what turns you on or off.

It's a job. Treat it like that and get it done.

Erin Q.'s Comment
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I would give the recruiter a call and ask for a copy of their anti-discrimination policy and have a read. My company is owned by a rich Mormon who is really ackward around me, I'm trans and that ain't no secret, but he's never said anything or done anything nasty and his company has the best anti-discrimination policy I've ever read, even better than some massive corporations like Amazon who tend to have strong policies.

I too am wary of these super openly "Christian" corporations, idk anything about McElroy specifically though and the best way to find out is ask em.

As far as trucking itself goes, most folx don't care who you are and what you do just don't do it in the fuel aisle lol.

Erin Q.'s Comment
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I would give the recruiter a call and ask for a copy of their anti-discrimination policy and have a read. My company is owned by a rich Mormon who is really ackward around me, I'm trans and that ain't no secret, but he's never said anything or done anything nasty and his company has the best anti-discrimination policy I've ever read, even better than some massive corporations like Amazon who tend to have strong policies.

I too am wary of these super openly "Christian" corporations, idk anything about McElroy specifically though and the best way to find out is ask em.

As far as trucking itself goes, most folx don't care who you are and what you do just don't do it in the fuel aisle lol.

Sorry i don't see an edit button

I just wanted to add you can supplement your research with online reviews, look for ones that mentions words like gay, *****, trans etc and see if people are reporting bad behavior. Since McElroy is a mega you have taken reviews with a grain of salt but if you're seeing a lot of legit sounding reports of discrimination nonsense it might be a red flag.

PackRat's Comment
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I would give the recruiter a call and ask for a copy of their anti-discrimination policy and have a read. My company is owned by a rich Mormon who is really ackward around me, I'm trans and that ain't no secret, but he's never said anything or done anything nasty and his company has the best anti-discrimination policy I've ever read, even better than some massive corporations like Amazon who tend to have strong policies.

I too am wary of these super openly "Christian" corporations, idk anything about McElroy specifically though and the best way to find out is ask em.

As far as trucking itself goes, most folx don't care who you are and what you do just don't do it in the fuel aisle lol.

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Sorry i don't see an edit button

I just wanted to add you can supplement your research with online reviews, look for ones that mentions words like gay, *****, trans etc and see if people are reporting bad behavior. Since McElroy is a mega you have taken reviews with a grain of salt but if you're seeing a lot of legit sounding reports of discrimination nonsense it might be a red flag.

Online reviews are mostly garbage, written by disgruntled former employees or others that never worked at a particular company. Any supposedly experienced driver would know this is not an accurate source for valuable information.

Randall C.'s Comment
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Thanks Erin. I do appreciate your response. The anti discrimination statement is a great strategy. New drivers have less employment choices than experienced drivers. If a great company does not have a terminal or drop lot close to where I live, then that lessens my choices too. I was very impressed with the company and their training and it was that stupid values statement which was the impetus to posting my original question on here. In all likelyhood, I will take the advice from the posts and pass up the company or or put them last one on my list. But it still feels a little like a loss. Yesterday, I passed the last section on my state CDL-A examination, so the job search begins in earnest.

Be safe, and peace to you. Thanks again.

I would give the recruiter a call and ask for a copy of their anti-discrimination policy and have a read. My company is owned by a rich Mormon who is really ackward around me, I'm trans and that ain't no secret, but he's never said anything or done anything nasty and his company has the best anti-discrimination policy I've ever read, even better than some massive corporations like Amazon who tend to have strong policies.

I too am wary of these super openly "Christian" corporations, idk anything about McElroy specifically though and the best way to find out is ask em.

As far as trucking itself goes, most folx don't care who you are and what you do just don't do it in the fuel aisle lol.

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You don't want to be judged or discriminated against, but that's exactly what you're doing to McElroy. Christian values include love, kindness and acceptance. Sure, there are some Christians that are hateful but that's true for any group. The only thing your trucking company cares about is doing your job safely, and being on time. You may receive some comments or dirty looks from other drivers or shippers/receivers but that happens in every aspect of life. If you want to make it a big deal, it will be. I don't frequent truck stops or rest areas too much, but talking (if any) is usually minimal and is typically about the weather or traffic. We're all out there doing a job, just counting down the time til we get back home to our loved ones.

Terminal or drop lot nearby should be a nonfactor. There are many possibilities of parking your truck elsewhere while you're at home if you can't take it home. However, there are some companies that I can't recall off the top of my head that require your truck be at the terminal when you go home.

Seriously, we do not care what someone's gender identity or sexual preference is. Just focus on getting hired to any large carrier and things should work out just fine. It's a tough time for new drivers to get hired. No reason to make it even harder on yourself. If you go into this with an everybody's against me mentality you're going to be miserable. Trust us, it's only an issue if YOU make it one. Your first year is going to be tough adjusting to what being a truck driver is all about. It is for everyone. If you can make it through that, it'll get far easier. At nearly 6 years of driving most days I can't believe I get paid so well for what hardly feels like work.

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  • 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.

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