I first want to begin by saying I have read almost all the rip-off reports on Covenant Transport and I was an employere for them for over 2 years and can sympathized with each individual complaint as something I ha ve either experienced myself or know someone who has a similar story but I am also aware that Covenant also have their picks as to who they get over on and who they don't.
I for quit due to the new idling policy and decline in miles and my pay being taken for weeks I did not get my 2,500 guaranteed miles on the gp dedicated account. As some of you may or may not be aware there is a such thing as unemployment insurance that Covenant has to pay and you are allowed to quit your job for good cause connected with the work.
Good cause can be a substantial change in working conditions or subtantial decrease in pay or miles but Covenant has people to lie for them to keep you from getting what you are entitled to so I expected that so you have to be smart enough to fight back the right way and the only wat to do that is to document everything.
All check stubs you have showing charges for idling keep them check your miles for the weeks they charged you and make them tell you if it was a week they kept you from moving. Write down your idle time weekly before they reset it. And if you decide to quit and file your unemployment, quit in writing tell all the reasons you are leaving based on what they promised you that they didnt deliver on and how it has affected you from not being able to provide for your family and pay your bills, then have it notarized at a bank or by someone stamped and dated as youre written resignation for these reasons and due to the present working conditions you are joining the unemployed and seeking your pennies from the state.
Fax it to them and get a fax confirmation page showing it was received okay that way you have the original and keep it. also after you fax it send it to them over the qualcom that it is on its way and what it says a nd why. Before you return the truck, take pics of its condition and if you have a camera make a video of the qualcomm messages or hand write them out and the responses they give in all details and have that notarized too.
This gives you prrof to fight the lies they are going to tell to keep from paying you and to straighten out any problems they try to create for you on your dac report. If they lie you have it in writing notarized so it can be fixed. If you have at least 9 months to a year of employment with Covenant and work prior to within the last 18 months then you should be eligible to draw a decent weekly amount while you look for work.
They are going to try to keep you from getting employment elsewhere and your unemployment too but don't stop there. Get a copy of your dac report from USIS you are entitled to a free copy once a year just have to request it in writing. Apply for unemployment immediately. If you have worked for them for over 18 months you will have to file in Tennessee.
I did and was initially denied my benefits but I appealed the decision and even though I faxed all the documents when I first filed Covenant still came up with a clever lie to keep me from my benenfits but in the end I prevailed and they ended up reversing the decision and ruling that I did quit witha good cause connected with the work therefore Covenant's account is being charged 271.00 a week to pay me while I look for another job. Its not alot but it is a steady check I can count on to be there every week.
As for my dac their lies are preventing me from gaining employmentand it will take up to 60 days to fix but I still have a check coming until I can to look for work. I also had my last check taken and charged fro truck recovery after I put the truck where they told me to but I contacted a lawyer and videoed that I was told to put the truck there and did as instructed as a result of that and informing them I was disabled they discriminated against me and wrongfully terminated me after I had already quit so I filed a wrongful termination discrimination lawsuit through the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in Tennessee which is now in progress.
Because I put my resignation in writing and had it notarized they could not say they fired me but they sent me a letter of separation dated 2 days after I quit and notarized copy of it saying they fired me on the same date I got a lawyer involved about their crap and the videoed the evidence off the truck I got all messages they sent to me and me to them on video and documented including them trying to tell me I was fired after I quit.
I immediately filed for my unemployment benefits so the firing date and the quitting date didnt match so they had no choice but to come with a lie as to why I quit and I fought back with an appeal and 78 pages worth of documented proof and a charge of discrimination for what they had done and I won my appeal. I am now awaiting the process of the discrimintaion charge which is a very slow process but one of which I had to go through with another company 16 years ago but I won it too and the EEOC sued on my behalf in that case because I documented and had proof.
I am not one to seek out lawsuits but I do speak up very loud and clear when it comes to being treated unjust and I will do it 100 times if it is necessary to make a wrong right. If you feel you were retaliated against for quitting, forced to quit, or retailiated against for speaking up you have 180 or 300 days to file a charge of discrimination from the date of incident.
If you do decide to pursue a case and you feel you have one don't let no one tell you that you don't you have a right to file a charge anyway and make them investigate the allegations to protect your right to sue. They always tell you at intake they don't think you have a case that why you document cause evidence doesn't come into play until a few months later.
I was told that on my 1st experience too but in the end after I came forth so did 200 more people so it couldn't be ignored so keep fighting for justice til you get it. I have always felt the anti-idling policy was disparate treatment because it is up to the dispatcher who he charges and who he doesn't and you aren't told anything or warned your pay is just taken. he can decide he doesn't like you that week so he's takin goyur money or he could not take Johnny's money cause that's his fishing buddy or he could be screwing Johnny's wife behind Johnny's back so dine he gets to pick and chose at random who he wants to apply the policy to then how can that be equal employment.
Equal means just that everyone is treated in the same manner and regard. If any employess would like to discuss this matter with me or need additional information you may contact me at (((phone number redacted))). IF no answer leave me a message telling me who you are and what it is concerning and I will return your call. I hope this information has been some help to all those who have been subjected to the unfair and immoral practices of this company and I hope that some more people outside of me will do more than just complain as that is the only way to make a difference.
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