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Complaint Review: Covenant Transportation

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  • Submitted: Wed, March 25, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, March 25, 2009

  • Reported By:Carrollton Georgia
Covenant Transportation
400 Birmingham Hwy Chattanooga, Tennessee U.S.A.

Covenant Transportation Had me terminated for refusing a drug test, when both my log instructor and dispatch told me not to go. Chattanooga Tennessee

*Consumer Suggestion: THOUGHTS ON YOUR DRUG TESTING PROBLEMS

*Consumer Suggestion: Dear Covenant

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I was hired by Covenant Transportation when I finished my CDL truck driving school in Job Corp. I have only been driving for one year. They trained me and has been my only employer as a professional truck driver. I had some of the same complaints as others, won't pay, send half of the money. I experienced being at truck stops for days at a time waiting for a load as well.

What hurt me the most is after my year with them, they fired me and accused me of refusing to take a drug test. I was in Chattanooga on "lay over". I had to take a log class and my dispatch contacted me and said I needed to take a drug test. As I was about to leave the log class to do this, the log instructor told me that if I left that class, there would be no need to take the drug test. I contacted my dispatch and told him this. He told me to remain in the log class and to take the drug test the next day.

As I was on my way to be tested, my dispatch called me said I needed to leave Covenant premises because I was fired for refusing to take a drug test. I reminded him that both he and my log class instructor told me not to take it that day, but go the next day. He told me I was fired. This happened March 3, 2009. I have one year in as a professional truck driver. For the last 3 weeks, whenever I am about to be hired, this comes up no one will hire me.

I am 26 yrs old. This was going to be my career. I was tested throughout the year with Covenant and was always clean. I have no criminal record, never been in trouble with the law or drugs. I'm made to look like something I am not, and I can not find work. This company has hurt me greatly and I'm struggling to recover. It was unneccesary to lie and put that on my DAC. It would have been enough to just fire me for "anything", but not block me from driving for others. I hate the day I ever joined with them.

Somebody, help me find a company that gives second chances.

Anonymous
Carrollton, Georgia
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/25/2009 08:52 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Covenant-Transportation/Chattanooga-Tennessee-37419/Covenant-Transportation-Had-me-terminated-for-refusing-a-drug-test-when-both-my-log-instr-437443. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

THOUGHTS ON YOUR DRUG TESTING PROBLEMS

AUTHOR: Jojo - (U.S.A.)

The MRO must attempt to reach you after the test has been analyzed by the lab. The time frame for him to reach you begins after he has been informed by the lab of the results. If he is unable to contact you after several attempts, he must ask your employer to try to inform you before he reaches a conclusion.

A phone company has records of his calls. You may have to subpoena them. He can forge his.

The lab has a litigation package with the scientific breakdown of your test. You can request it to verify that your sample was tested. However, you must make a written request to the MRO to get it. If he refuses to cooperate, you can file a lawsuit. Chances are not good you will succeed and the DOT will not demand that he follow their regulations. The ODAPC will not demand that he cooperate, either, even though their regulations offer a remedy if he doesn't.

The ODAPC (Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, responsible directly to the Secretary of Transportation)) employed a Senior Policy Advisor full time who owned 58,000 plus shares of stock in a drug testing company. They took no action on this. He left their employ only after the GAO was contacted and began an investigation.

The DOT will not enforce their own rules. The IG will not help. The FMCSA will not help.
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Dear Covenant

AUTHOR: Jojo - (U.S.A.)

Are you still unable to find a job due to the "failure to test" problem at Covenant?
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