DOL Orders Freight Co. To Pay $1M, Reinstate Whistleblowers

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 7:56 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Gaines Motor Lines Inc. to reinstate whistleblowers who were fired for participating in a Department of Transportation inspection and to pay more than $1 million in back wages and damages, the agency announced Wednesday.

The DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined in an order dated Nov. 8 that the company had fired four truck drivers in violation of the whistleblower protection provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, which OSHA is tasked with enforcing.

The agency's investigation concluded...
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