CT Transportation LLC.... Age Descrimination???

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Petro Hauler's Comment
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I'm 51 years old and I just got sent home from CT Transport orientation in Savannah Ga. I passed the work first assessment and the physical. Then the company "rent a nurse" measured my neck and because it was larger than 17" decided on his own that I have sleep apnea. I have no problem sleeping, many mornings I wake up in the same position that I fell asleep in. Trust me, if I snored my wife would make me aware of it. There were two of us sent home that day, the other man was also over 50. He was actually sent home two weeks before because his heart rate was too high during the work first assessment. He was told to get a letter from his Dr. and return to orientation in two weeks, which he did. This time during the assessment his heart rate wasn't an issue but the girl sent him home because she didn't like the way he demonstrated climbing onto the trailer. She said he did not do it in a safe manner. There were 12 people in the class and two were over 50 and two were sent home, makes me wonder. I'm not really bitter, I think it was probably a blessing in disguise, after visiting what would have been my home terminal in Mocksville NC and then seeing the main terminal in Savannah, their both dumps. They look more like junk yards than trucking terminals. I am curious to know if any other over 50 recruits have experienced anything like this.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Old School's Comment
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Rick, if there is any industry that has proven time and time again that it does not discriminate against people for their age it is the trucking industry. I personally know men in their seventies and even eighties that are driving trucks OTR. What you bumped up against is the witch hunt that is currently going on over sleep apnea. If you have a large neck diameter, or if your BMI is in a certain limit you will be required to take a sleep study test. I think you may have mis-understood partially - I don't think they are saying you have sleep apnea , but are going to require you to be tested for it to make sure. You have got to realize that these trucking companies have a big red bulls-eye on them that trial attorneys are constantly hitting. One of the many things these dang attorneys have managed to do is prove that the companies didn't test a driver who clearly should have been tested by someone's bogus standards that were set up just so they could sell more C-PAP machines. It's a reality of living in today's world. Reality bites at times, and you just ran up against one of the latest requirements (i.e. scams - in my opinion) that are being forced upon an industry by people who have figured out yet one more way to profit from our industry.

OTR:

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I agree with Old School 100%. It certainly had nothing to do with your age. If anything they'll send the 25 year old kids home and keep the 50 year olds. I mean, who would you trust more behind the wheel of a vehicle? Who do you think has safer numbers when you dig through data from the insurance companies?

I think you may have mis-understood partially - I don't think they are saying you have sleep apnea , but are going to require you to be tested for it to make sure

That's exactly right. There are tons of truck drivers out there right now making a living on a CPAP machine. Even if you were diagnosed with sleep apnea you can still drive a truck. You just have to have a CPAP machine. It's a bit pricey - no doubt - but well worth it to qualify for a career. Not to mention, if you did have untreated sleep apnea your life would improve dramatically almost immediately after starting treatments. So you'd have a trucking career and you'd feel a million times better.

I don't blame you for being frustrated by the whole thing. Anyone would be. It's annoying getting hung up in red tape like that. But that's all it is - red tape. Push through it - do what needs to be done - and get out there driving a rig. Doesn't even matter what company it's for. Jump through all the hoops they ask you to jump through and get out there on the highway makin money.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Kevin C.'s Comment
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Bunch of sheet.......

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