Regulators Back Nebraska Driver Who Wouldn’t Drive Unsafe Truck

March 4, 2016

Federal regulators want to punish a southeast Nebraska company that the regulators say wrongfully fired a driver who refused to operate a truck that violated Iowa law.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release that Jake Rieger Farms LLC violated federal whistleblower law.

OSHA says Rieger should not have retaliated against an employee who wouldn’t drive a truck that Iowa law enforcement had deemed unsafe.

A Falls City phone listed for Rieger rang unanswered.

OSHA proposes that Rieger Farms pay the driver $25,000 in punitive damages and $30,000 in compensatory damages, which includes back wages.

The incident occurred in January 2015.

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  • March 7, 2016 at 10:29 am
    Hmmmmm says:
    should NOT need to be put in danger
  • March 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm
    Agent says:
    Hey, what if my brakes don't work and I have to stop suddenly? Answer: Just down shift and turn the ignition off and it will eventually stop.
  • March 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    I'm just guessin' says:
    should have to put themselves (and possibly others) in danger Did you mean shouldn't have to.....
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