• Report: #1029302
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Covenant Transport, Inc.

  • Submitted: Sat, November 22, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, January 08, 2009

  • Reported By:Sheffield Alabama
Covenant Transport, Inc.
400 Birmingham Hwy Chattanooga, Tennessee U.S.A.
  • Phone: 800-721-5202
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  • Category: Employers

Covenant Transport, Inc. Ex- Covenant employee seeking other individuals seeking return of money for anti-idling policy and give info on options you have Chattanooga Tennessee


*Author of original report: To Anthony from Rossville, Ga Thanks and the idling percentage was 30% on trucks with no APU before you are charged

*Author of original report: To Anonymous respondent- you may want to check review the satcom messages for September 10th that will be subpoenaed to prove my charge

*Author of original report: Anonymous Terry Swinney or Tony Hagan

*Author of original report: To Terry Swinney and Tony Hagan Mr. Anonymous Employees from Covenant

*Consumer Comment: Interesting Response, But Hardly A Defense Of Covenant Transport

*UPDATE Employee: Just a bit inaccurate

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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.

Demetrious C.
Sheffield, Alabama

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

RIP OFF STAR TRANSPORTATION FOLLOWING THE ORDERS FROM THEIR UNSCRUPULOUS POSSESSOR COVENANT TRANSPORT PASSED DOWN THIS MANDATE . STAR TRANSPORTATION DECEMBER 19, 2008 Effective January 1, 2009, Star Transportation will implement a new policy to reduce idle time. All tractors will have a standard of 30% idle time or less. Any idle time over 30% will be charged back to the driver at 3.00 per hour...Bill Harris v.p operations....... What? Is this just a cruel Christmas gag? It can't be a Christmas bonus that ended years ago when our small dash stick-on calendar was cut out. So my friend that means if you drive 10 hours you now have been awarded 3 hours for heating your truck! Per day you might ask? No that's 3 hours for the next 2 or 3 days, when you hopefully will get another load on the way for your impressive 1200 mile payday. Fuel at 2.50 a gallon and our trucks using less than a gallon an hour, this seems to be the best money making plot coming out of the NASHVILLE BRAIN TRUST in some time. This is the most arrogant RIPOFF I've heard in the trucking industry, charging a driver laid over or a driver on his 10 break 3.00 per hour for heat. We all know the parent company of Star is covenant transport ripping off their employees must be their true covenant a company with a reputation of a wet turd. It is whispered in warm halls of Nashville the next scheme is renting the driver the steering wheel. Oh yeah I almost forgot: STAR TRANSPORTATION IS NOW HIRING EXPERENCE DRIVERS AND TRAINEES1-800-333-3060 ask for bill..p.s. please bring loads of blankets and your own dash calendar. GOOD LUCK ALL. YOU WILL NEED IT WITH THESE SCUMBAGS.
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To Anthony from Rossville, Ga Thanks and the idling percentage was 30% on trucks with no APU before you are charged

AUTHOR: Demetriousc-sheffield, Al - (U.S.A.)

Just wanted to thank you for your response as I feel it was needed I am sure that was just an attempt to keep others from stepping forth but you summed it up better than I ever could. I already know where it came from one off the respondants to the claim I made through the eeoc. I complained September 10, 2008 about a $60 charge on my payroll and they tried to route me in and fire me then started trying to watch my truck for any little violation they could find me on that was the first clue I had that they were trying to set me up to take a fall. They used part of my resignation letter about not getting time off as the reason I quit claiming I didn't give them any alternatives to work things out so I should not be entitled to unemployment. I stated from the beginning it was for the decline in miles, working conditions, and not making enough money to pay my bills and it was all in the resignation letter they just took what they wanted to from it. I did not get my termination notice in the mail until September 26, 2008 and they put I was discharged but they didn't state a reason in the box. But it was dated the 19th the same day I went back to the truck and got it to video record all teh messages off teh qualcomm unit and take it to a lawyer for her to see and make arrangements for them to get their truck through her since they took my check this too is also over the qualcomm with them threatening to get the local police involved for unauthorize use of the truck if I didn't return it. When I put Mr. Swinney on the phone with my attorney's secretary, then I start getting messages from Irc and Warren I responded to every single message they sent me and they finally told me to put the truck back where it was and i thank them for the clarity that I had indeed put the truck in the location they had asked prior to this incident. I then typed and sent a demand letter to Mr. Parker and Joey Hogan about the incident and that if they didn't have my pay straighten out by Friday September 26, 2008 it was going to escalate legally. I sent the letter delivery confirmation and still have the receipt to show it was received September 22, 2008, My separation notice envelope is postmarked September 24, 2008 and I received it September 26, 2008 and immediately provided a copy to the unemployment claims office as well as copies of my phone bill to prove they fired me after I quit and had no cause they didn't put an explanation. I guess they didn't wexpect me to file for benefits the next day after I quit so after I guess that was brought to there attention they give the statement I did quit but it was because they wouldn't let me off and it was personal but not a good reason to leave the job so I appealed and Covenant did not answer for the telephone hearing. It was only after they received the complaint from EEOC which came a few days before the hearing that it became personal. I won and got my back pay and then they appealed to the Board to review the record. the Board usually only offers written arguments and review the record of the hearing itself and the evidence I submitted to make sure the determination was correct. So now you understand why after over two months of me being gone they so conveniently now have fabricated sworn statements from people who no longer work there claiming I told them how to tamper with equipment. Why would you not show up on the record but produce one for someone to view of an individual who no longer works for you so you can claim you have no way to contact them for them to be subpoenaed under oath as to be questioned on the truthfulness of the statement. Clever but not good enough cause I asked i an such statement were given I want subpoenas for these individuals and a hearing to prove its fabricated. I expected this going in they were going to try to make it hard but I do have some paralegal studies so they ain't making it hard on no one but themselves cause I am far from a dummie. Thanks for your help and our time.
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To Anonymous respondent- you may want to check review the satcom messages for September 10th that will be subpoenaed to prove my charge

AUTHOR: Demetriousc-sheffield, Al - (U.S.A.)

Anonymous before you get to confidant about the scheme you have created to try to discredit me you might want to check the charge form of discrimination Covenant received for the occurence dates and match it up to the messages that will be subpoenaed off the satcom. I think you are already aware of what that consist of the argument between me and Tony Hagan that clearly proves I was complaining about the charges i had just been charged for and you atttempted to route me in to wrongfully terminate me for complaining of these charges one week before I quit. Check out the information that will be found out in discovery anyway and let me know when you ready to reach a settlement I have no problem waiting it out. My quitting and filing these charges I feel is the best thing I could have done and it gives me plenty of time to research this isn't about me its about you and the people you have chosen to employed to have scapgoats to screw out of their rightful wages and I won't be acting alone so if I don't get a dime somebody will or either your doors will close and thats still justice enough for me that you won't be allowed to run this game on no one else to me thats a satisfatory win in itself. I assume you in the bed right now and I am up been up all night while you been sleeping I guess it never occurred to you that I didn't come from a poor family in fact you might want to research that information too so you will see it has nothing to do with the money and my credibility goes much deeper than you think. If I never get hired to drive a truck again due to your lies do you think I am going to miss a meal over it. See I know somebody upstairs that you only claim as a company to have a relationship with and everytime someone has tried to destroy me he always have a ram in the bush to help me get the glory and I rely on his wisdom everyday to give me the knowledge and incite to gather all the facts I can to prove my case for me and others who have been disadvantage by this company I laid it on the altar to him when I first got word that my unemployment was denied and he showed me then what I needed to do before hand and after to make it right and leading me everywhere i need to be lead to get the information I need to prove my credibility like this website with over 50 complaints against your company even before I accepted employment. From where I stand on religion I was taught by my grandmother who is ordained evangelist for the last 30 years that whatever you ask for in Jesus name believing and doubting nothing it is done, I suggest you and this company work on developing that relationship with him as well as the holy spirit has lead me a many of days to a victory against the opposition. It lead me to give up my new lifestyle i recently found by getting involved with a woman from your company and repent and rededicate my life back to Christ I look at this too as being one of the reason things turned out like it did it was his way of showing me it was time to come back to him and live the life before him I promised I would. When you stand up for what is right and try to live your life right before God there is always going to be a test of your faith by satan he even use your own family sometimes to be the enemy but he always reveal to those who believe his will and his way and I do believe no weapon formed against me shall prosper as he said it in his word. In all my encounters with him good or bad he always prepared me beforehand of what to be expected and when. I act by faith not by sight and when God speaks to me and tell me I need to do something I listen. It has also lead me to forgive you for the lies you have told cause I have to forgive in order to be forgiven but just because I forgave you doesn't mean you should not be held accountable for your unethical and illegal practices by me and no one else to make the wrong you have committed right. I also apologize for stooping to your level on the last e-mail I sent as I have no right to place any Judgments on anyone because only God has the authority to decide who is worthy of his presence and before him we are all filthy rags. I do believe that this is something that is going to have to play out through the legal process in order to be effectively resolved and for the benefit of others too so I am proud to bear the burden everyone has a cross to bear they crucified Jesus and he was the only perfect man so i expect no less than he as he said he wouldn't put no more on us than we can bear so obviously he felt like this was my burden to bear even if I don't profit monetarily I am not doing it for the money but the principle but I know he will see me through to a victory cause I asked him and it is done!!!!! I suggest if you have anymore information to supply me of your tactics you give it to the EEOC on record or the Board of Review and I think it may do you good to answer some of these other complaints from other people on this site seeking the same remedies for the same problem but then again tell God about it cause thats who I gave it to and its out of man's hands now I believe he going to get the final say regardless of the outcome. Every lost is not a lost sometimes you lose to win I believe that is definitely case here. My job lost was meant to create a win. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was a lost for a win. Abraham Lincoln being assasinated for freeing the slaves was a lost for a win and if you read Revelations I guess you would know that Obama for president is a win for a loss. For every cause there is an effect I suggest you get educated religiously speaking, scientifically speaking and legally speaking and once you have done that then maybe you can accept God's plan that its time for you and your company to answer for your misgivings and make them right. I look forward to that as well as I am sure hundreds of more individuals who complaints have yet to be reveal but through God will be for the greater good of all men who have had to suffer at this company for wrongful practices. Thank you for your rebuttal and thanks also to Anthony from Rossville, GA I think your information will help clarify to others that this cause do have merit and I thank God for blessing me with you and the information you provided to this site.
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Anonymous Terry Swinney or Tony Hagan

AUTHOR: Demetriousc-sheffield, Al - (U.S.A.)

I realized that the report filed as a rebuttal had to be from the indivduals named as
Respondents to the discrimination claim I have filed against this company but I did have another question and suggestions. Why don't you save the arguments for your legal defense. I will be requesting subpoenas for disclosure of information of the people you have had to fabricate a lie like I showed them how to tamper with equipment as I will be naming them in a lawsuit as well for libel since they gave a written statement as you claim that is a lie. You gonna need a whole lot more than that and a sworn statement giving my name to help your cause in this matter and I am sure I got some good questions for your so called employees you got to lie on paper that can't be answered that will definitely prove its something you have fabricated to get out of the legal responsiblilty of the lawsuit I am working on against you and thanks for the heads up on the information you attempting to provide to the Board of Review to stop my pennies. I am sure naming them (these unknown people you created to fabricate your defense who gave my name by company coercion) as a party to the lawsuit as well will definitely help get to the truth of things of who coerced who to do what, against whom and for what reason. Take the advise of the consumer who responded that bullcrap defense you coming up with now is hardly a defense that is going to help you. I have my check stubs to prove I was being charged for over-idling so if I was tampering as you stated explain me getting the charges? I think the messages I have on my voice recorder from Ms. Pamela Jackson that she left about her plots against me with Terry Swinney and Brandon after we broke up and I filed my complaint with the eeoc will also help assure me a win in my lawsuit. If you scared go to church that way your company might learn something on how to quit playing like they Christians when you nothing but hellcats!!! You might consider changing yo name to just that (Hellcats) cuz even Lucifer once was an angel. Or better yet show up with this bull sh**t under oath so it can be used against you in a court of law. You now have the burden of proof and if what I am saying have you that scared bout your future enough for you to try to keep me from gaining employment elsewhere and trying to reverse the decision made for me to draw my unemployment then you would have showed up for my appeal hearing the first time. I think you having a hard time discrediting me and my accusations seeing as you have over 55 more on this site that has gotten no response. Could that be because out of 55 complaints that mine's is the only one that is actually started the process with the legal system of making your company pay for their wrongdoing? Or are you afraid that because it does have merit that other people will come forth and get what they so rightfully deserve from you which could easily close your doors if enough people stepped up. You have 55 complaints here that some was before my time and alot of them have very similar patterns but since you insisted on replying to mine I feel like it all must be hitting home where it should on just how well Covenant screwed up this time and is about to get a run for their money. I was going to wait until I heard back from the eeoc but since you responded here I think they should get a heads up too of the response made here and know there are others on here as well that way they can be contacting this site to find these other anonymous individuals who have had the same problems as me I believe that information can only help further the fact that it needs to be thoroughly investigated for possibly some more violations and complainants due damages and back wages. I could sit here all day and write on and on but I have better things to do like continuing to submit applications for trucking jobs that I know no one is going to hire me for cause you have attempted to fabricate my dac report to keep them from hiring me cause I got you under investigation and hired a lawyer about you stealing my monies and threatened a class action or did you forget I did that too on the qualcomm on the 17th as well . you got a few more complaints on this site saying you attempted the same thing with them so that helps my character resume look a whole lot more credible against yours as to who the liars and cheats are and who the victims really are. And I do always have the option of small claims court that I have two years to submit a claim to regain my monies and the help of the Department of Labor even if I don't win my lawsuit with the EEOC but I believe you are more worriesd about a victory than I am that's why you came here for me instead of were you need to be responding which was at my unemployment hearing but I guess you didn't want to risk lies on record now did you. You said I needed to be on the state -- One thing I can rely on from the State is a consistent unemployment check each week of the same amount off of Covenants account which Covenant Transport can't steal monies out of or take or short me cause they feel like it. The games ya'll are playing and lies you telling its not weaking my case its only strengthen it and proving retaliation. Make sure you got your employee records available cause the EEOC will be looking through them thoroughly. Like I said I could sit here and argue with you all day but I was kind of busy looking for me another trucking job that you have made sure nobody will hire me for and like I said thank you kindly for the information. Its already in the hearing on the record before the Board of Review decision you have on appeal.
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To Terry Swinney and Tony Hagan Mr. Anonymous Employees from Covenant

AUTHOR: Demetriousc-sheffield, Al - (U.S.A.)

In response to your complaint of my lawsuit I have filed against you. I most certainly did file a lawsuit against you of which I will win for several reasons. For one I have never tampered with any of Covenant Transport equipment or signed any document agreeing to any amounts to be with held from my checks. Two if you had any employee lie and give you a sworn statement like I tampered with equipment or told them too that is also a lie as i only have 3 people working for Covenant that I even associate with and they are all still employed so any statement you have gotten someone to fabricate is only after the fact and I also have my ex-l*****n lover who left messages on my phone admitting you Mr. Swinney and Brandon had came to her trying to get her to help set me up and I have forwarded it to a voice recorder as well along with the other over 100 pages worth of documents I have to prove how you have lied. There was nothing never mentioned to me about any tampering until after I quit and my ex- lover told me that is what you called her in for. I was also told that you had over 600 people who was in violation of this policy and for your information I couldn't have been one of them. If I was tampering with your equipment to give false results explain the 190.00 you took out my check for overidling. I think the last time I was charged was 1 week before I quit 55.00 to be exact so if I was tampering with your equipment explain you taking money cause you had to have something to go by. The best thing you can do is get your lies together casue you going to need to have them to deal with me. The last company tried this sh**t with me ended up getting 200 more lawsuits and went bankrupt to keep from paying all the judgments. Thats why I have my documentation and it is not fabricated and the State is already aware that you are attempting to backtrack and find a way out of the lawsuit I have placed against you and you have attempted to ruin my name and keep me from getting employment elsewhere cause your company has been exposed for the crooks you really are. With over 50 complaints on this board it would be very hard to prove I am the one lying thats why I sent all complaints of similiar nature off this complaint board to the Board of Review you have people who still work for you that is seeking the same action against you I am so that makes me all the more credible and I assure you I will win I only need a name of one person with your company that was done differently than myself to make my claim stick with the eeoc I already have 5 names and numbers that they already possess that are cooperating fully to help prove my case. Also if the EEOC feels the case will benefit others they sometimes sue on their own so you see I am not worried about you are anyone else at Covenant. I also spoke to the board today that told me that I needed to file a claim with the labor board too for all the wages I was not paid while waiting for loads after 2 hours. I still have my log books and it comes up to alot of uncompensated time at the rate of minimum wage I am supposed to call them back tommorrow. Just thought you might like to know and I will be printing this e-mail and my response to give as more evidence to the Board of Review of why was am still am rightfully entitled to my unemployment compensation that you appealled. If what you saying were true and you weren't afraid of lying on the record to them and being prosecuted for giving false statements under oath then I assumed when you received your first chance to show up for my unemployment hearing with the Appeals Tribunal after you fired me 2 days after I quit and hired a lawyer bout the truck recovery and sent over 90 pages worth of documentation then you would have responded then and there instead of here on line. I guess Rick Hutchinson is lying to when he stated you did him the same way fired him then say he quit in a seperation notice. You can't fire somebody after they quit and i also have all the qualcomm messages too now that you have tried to go back and recant the fact that you fired me wrongfully cause I also have proof that you have now tried to CHANGE THE DATE I QUIT TO THE DATE YOU FIRED ME BUT THATS A LITTLE HARD TO DO NOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF SEEING AS MY RESIGNATION WAS NOTARIZED ON THE 17TH AND I HAVE PROOF YOU RECEIVED IT BY PAPER AND VOICE MAIL MR. SWINNEY LEFT. I GUESS THIS IS JUST MORE EVIDENCE I WILL HAVE TO TURN OVER FOR THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS OF THE EEOC. I WILL ALSO MAKE THE BOARD OF REVIEW AWARE TOO. i HAVE ALREADY GIVEN THEM COPIES OF COMPLAINTS FROM THIS BOARD SO I AM SURE ANY BULL YOU TRY TO COME WITH NOW THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THROUGH IT ESPECIALLY SINCE ITS ALL COMING OUT AFTER THE FACT OF THE EEOC COMPLAINT AND YOU HAVEN'T CAME UP WITH A CLEVER LIE LIKE THIS PRIOR TO THE HEARINGS I HAVE BEEN GONE FOR 2 MONTHS AND I DO HAVE A COPY OF MY DAC REPORT THAT I HAVE GIVEN TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW TO PROVE THAT THE REASON I HAVE NOT BEEN HIRED BY ANOTHER COMPANY IS BECAUSE OF THE FALSE INFORMATION THAT COVENANT SUPPLIED TO THEM WHICH IS CLEARL DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THEY SUPPLIED TO ME AND THEM FROM THE BEGINNING SO THANKS FOR CLEARING THAT UP FOR ME IN YOUR REBUTTAL THAT SINCE I HAVE BROUGHT CHARGES AGAINST YOU NOW AS YOU KNEW WERE COMING ON SEPTEMBER 19TH YOU ALL OF A SUDDEN DEVELOP ALL KINDS OF ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ME. wELL FROM THE LOOKS OF THE COMPLAINTS BY OTHER INDIVIDUALS ON THIS WEBSITE SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT YOU EVEN BEFORE YOU STARTED THE NEW IDLING LAW ABOUT STEALING THEIR MONIES LYING ON THEIR DAC REPORTS AND ILLEGAL TERMINATIONS GUESS YOU GONE NEED OVER 50 MORE LIES TO ATTCK THEIR CHARACTER WITH TOO. I COULD SEE IT IF IT WERE JUST ME BUT YOU HAVE OVER 50 MORE INDIVIDUALS CLAIMING THE SAME THING SO I GUESS WE ALL A BUNCH OF LIARS WITH CHARACTER PROBLEMS. YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT MY CHARACTER BUT i THINK THE CHARACTER OF YOUR COMPANY IS UNDER MUCH MORE SCRUTINY THAN MINES WHICH WILL FURTHER PROVE MY CREDIBILITY OF BEING THE TRUTHFUL PARTY HERE. TOO MANY PEOPLE SAYING THE SAME THING. alSO i GUESS YOU FORGOT THE MESSAGE YOU SENT TO ALL YOUR EMPLOYEES AFTER i QUIT SAYING HOW DISAPPOINTED YOU WERE WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE CHEATING ON THE IDLING AND i DOUBT COVENANT HAS FIRED OVER 600 INDIVIDUALS. SINCE YOU CLAIM TO HAVE GOTTEN SWORN STATEMENTS FROM PEOPLE ALLEGING i TOLD THEM HOW TO TAMPER WITH EQUIPMENT WHICH i KNOW IS A LIE YOU MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN SOME PEOPLE TO FABRICATE THIS INFORMATION BUT I WILL BE REQUESTING THE BOARD OF REVIEW TO PERSONALLY INTERVIEW THE PEOPLE WHO SUBMITTED THESE SWORN STATEMENTS I HAVE VERY FEW ASSOCIATES OR PEOPLE I EVEN DEAL WITH IN THE TRUCKING BUSINESS I WANT TO PERSONALLY INTERVIEW THEM SO THEY CAN PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO PROVE ITS A FABRICATION THATS THE VERY REASON WHY YOU WILL END UP CONTINUING TO PAY ME MY PENNIES CAUSE JUST AS I TOLD THEM YOU ARE THE ONES HINDERING ME FROM FINDING SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT AND THAT IS WHY YOUR ACCOUNT IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE CHARGED WHILE I LOOK FOR SUITABLE WORK AND PROCESS MY RETALIATION WRONGFUL TERMINATION CLAIM SO COME UP WITH AN AND EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU CAN YOU GOING TO NEED IT TO TAKE ME ON CAUSE I AM GOING TO FIGHT IT ALL THE WAY TO THE FINISH WIN LOSE OR DRAW. IF I LOSE IT WONT BE BECAUSE I DIDNT FIGHT FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT AND EVEN THEN I STILL WILL GET MY DUE RESPECT JUST BY PROVING I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO SOMEONE RUNNING ME OVER. GUESS IT TIME FOR YOU TO SEE COVENANT TRANSPORT FINALLY MET ITS MATCH!!!!
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#6 Consumer Comment

Interesting Response, But Hardly A Defense Of Covenant Transport

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

Dear "Anonymous":

I think the public needs to know that it's rather indefensible to deduct charges from drivers compensation for idling their trucks, especially under the circumstances in which this is being done.

As I understand it, drivers are being tapped at rates of $5.00 and hour, for every hour that they idle over the company's limit. To date, I have yet to discover what that company percentage limit is. I also understand that no prior written notification has been given to those who have had such deductions taken from their paychecks.

This is reprehensible, and it is theft, in and of it's own right. It is also categorically illegal to make unauthorized deductions from an employee's paycheck without written consent from that employee. Anyone that has had any deduction for anything, not previously agreed to in writing, should step into their nearest state employment office to file a formal complaint, and send a letter of complaint to the US Department of Labor as well.

If Demetrius did indeed tamper with anything that affects the readings recorded from the on-board DDEC, ECM, or any other device that monitors engine performance, and there is a stated written policy informing the employee that discovery of such tampering is an immediate termination offense, that is one thing. It still does not give the company to arbitrarily deduct any funds from an employees pay.

I would never sign in agreement to have funds deducted from my check, under any calculation, for idling a truck. Weather is too unpredictable and too severe at times in many parts of the country. To expect that anyone could stay under a set idling percentage, unless there is equipment installed on the truck to reduce idling, is capricious and unreasonable.

If Covenant Transport has a goal of reducing idling, there are some very good ways to achieve the goal, without resorting to forcing a driver to sweat or freeze when attempting to get the needed rest that must be obtained in order to be safe while driving out there on the roads.

1.) Alternative Power Units (APU's) are the best method in which to reduce idling. They are affordable and they pay for themselves over a very short span of time. Their use reduces idling of the truck's engine to less than 5%.

2.) The use of engine manufacturers hardware and software to start and stop the truck's engine depending on the sleeper berth's temperature, will keep the idling at around 30%, but this method to save fuel is also very disturbing to a driver's rest. Imagine trying to sleep when the truck shakes you awake every time the engine starts and stops.

3.) If there is no idle reducing equipment on the truck at all, it is very hard to expect idling rates to be below 45% to 50%, if the driver is actually driving maximum mileage throughout the week, and getting home for 34 hour resets. If this is not the case, then it is completely unreasonable to expect idling to NOT be above 50% routinely.

Drivers live in their trucks when not at home. They have the expectation of being comfortable in their home, just as you expect to be comfortable when you are in your home.

Covenant Transport's management needs to get off their hind end and come up with a solution to take both the company's bottom line, AS WELL AS the comfort of their employees into consideration.

Stealing pay from a driver's paycheck for exceeding unreasonable idling goals is not a solution to saving money, nor will it do anything but make people quit their jobs. But then, given the fact that Covenant Transport is already experiencing extreme turnover rates and has ever done anything to reduce them, I have no expectation that this suggestion will fall on anything but deaf ears, or blind eyes as the case may be.

As it stands today, I wouldn't recommend my worst enemy to apply for a job with Covenant Transport. They offer sub-standard working conditions, endure a currently escalating, horrible reputation for instituting policies that are unreasonable and out -of-the-norm for the trucking industry, and this issue of charging drivers for idling company trucks is merely one of at least a dozen reasons why no one should give this company any consideration for decent and gainful employment.

Other unwritten policies they have in place for deducting charges from a driver's paycheck, such as deducting the cost of a tire when it is damaged beyond repair, for deductible amounts in excess of what the insurance will cover in cases of traffic accidents, and for deductible amounts when there are freight claims, without proper investigations and/or discussions being performed, make this a company to avoid...period.

What they want are robots to drive their trucks. A driver's well being is not considered in proper terms and human beings are treated no better than the equipment that they operate.

No thanks.
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#7 UPDATE Employee

Just a bit inaccurate

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

Dear Demetrious C....I think the public needs to know that you intentionally tampered with company owned equipment to produce false readings so your idle time would not transmit. The last time I checked, this, and stealing, were one in the same. What everyone else also needs to know is that when you had an opportunity to deny these allegations you quit knowing that the result would lead to immediate termination from the company. I am glad to see that you rely on the state to fund your income, but the one thing you wont be able to do with another company is what you did to this one. There are other drivers with sworn testimony, who mentioned you by name nonetheless, and released from the company for the same reason as you were, as the person who showed them how to unlawfully buck the system. I hope for your sake that you get your way with the law suit but I can assure everyone out there who is reading your report that you have not won, and will not win, any law suit with this company. There is proof of your wrong doing and everyone needs to know your character.
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