A truck driver claims he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs after writing the name Jesus as his co-driver in his logbooks.
Ramiro Olivarez of Edinburg, Tex., former truck driver for On Point Services LLC in Falfurrias, Texas, claims he received no advanced notice to stop writing Jesus’ name as his co-driver in his logbooks prior to receiving his termination letter in late January.
The company claims in Olivarez’s termination letter that he was told to stop “submitting incomplete documentation and falsifying legal documents” and that writing Jesus as a co-driver was “a violation of federal and state law,” news outlet KRGV reported on Monday, Feb. 9.
Winfred Stanfield, owner of On Point Services, did not return Land Line’s calls or emails requesting a comment about Olivarez’s firing.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER website, On Point has 34 power units and 40 drivers. The company hauls drilling fluids used for fracking in the oilfields in Texas.
Olivarez contends that he did not falsify his logbook and was expressing his religious beliefs that Jesus was his co-driver.
“The graph on there (in his logbook) is strictly Ramiro Olivarez,” he told KRGV. “And Jesus is my co-driver and that’s my belief. That he’s with me.”
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