Thursday 18 February 2021

If you are being picked-on, or feel your carrier is treating you unfairly, but can't leave them just yet

You can be picked-on (i.e. bullied, harassed or discriminated) using actions or comments that can hurt or isolate you in the workplace, due to factors often not in your control such as your race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, nationality, age (often 40+), physical/mental disabilities, genetic information or your situation in general. This spans from creating and spreading malicious rumors, to withholding necessary information or communique you require to do your job efficiently. This abuse follows a common behavioral pattern that is used to offend, frustrate, belittle and humiliate the person. (more on this to come soon with examples)

If you fall victim to your carrier abuse but can't leave them due to reasons not in your control:

  • You signed up to their Driver Training Program and must complete it or face financial penalties
  • You have a tractor lease with your carrier and risk losing money invested or held up by the carrier like a security deposit or money the carrier deducts from miles driven and the amount is substantial that you don't want to risk losing it
  • Any other reason that prevents you from leaving your abusive carrier immediately.
Once you determine you can no longer work out your issues with your carrier (see the article "How to recognize discrimination in the work force and what to do about it") and have made the decision to leave them as soon as your obligation with them ends; you must "do your time" in what I term "protectionist" mode, to minimize your damages and abuse. You will not be able to prevent damages and abuse unless you escalate the matter outside your carrier (i.e. legally, and you may choose to do so after your term with your carrier ends); but you can help reduce the damages in what I term "protectionist" mode.

Going into the "Protectionist" mode entails the following:
  • Ask your carrier if you can reset at home instead of on the road. This will help you save money on expenses related to on-road resets.
  • Minimize your communications with your carrier/dispatch, to absolute minimum; as you probably noticed, nothing good comes from talking to an abusive staff.
  • Take what they give you in terms of trips, since it is pointless to ask for better lanes or what you prefer. A cruel carrier will intentionally sabotage your profitable lanes and will misinterpret your communications with them resulting in the worst outcome for you, an example, if you ask for longer mile trips, you'll end up losing money on excessive wait times and your income will not be much different from a shorter trip that gives you home time and less on the road expenses.
More on this will be coming soon, stay tuned.