A port truck driver was fired one day after his comments about poor working conditions were published by USA Today, the national newspaper reported on Monday, July 10.
USA Today reported that Rene Flores, a 36-year-old truck driver from southern California, was fired by Morgan Southern on June 17. A day earlier, the newspaper quoted Flores as saying that he regularly broke hours-of-service regulations by hauling shipping containers for as much as 20 hours straight. Flores told USA Today that the managers at the trucking company knew about the hours he was working. He also said he was forced to break the law because the company paid him so little and charged him so much for his leased truck.
Flores reportedly lost $60,000 in lease payments he had made since 2013.
In June, USA Today published an investigative report regarding the treatment of port drivers in southern California.
A spokesperson for Morgan Southern said Flores’ admittance that he broke hours-of-service rules left them no choice other than to terminate his lease.
The stories were part of a yearlong investigation by the USA Today Network.