PAM Transport (No. 54 in the Commercial Carrier Journals Top 250) was ordered recently by the Department of Labor DOL) to pay 12 former drivers nearly half a million dollars after it was determined that the carrier violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The DOL said the carrier subjected its drivers to a medical clearance policy that required drivers to notify the company whenever they had contact with a medical professional, including routine physicals.
The DOLs Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the policy violated federal law and filed a lawsuit against the carrier following a failed attempt at a settlement.
The court subsequently ordered PAM to halt the policy in April 2012 and issued Feb. 26, 2015, an order ordered the carrier to pay $225,998 in back pay to the drivers, with interest. It also ordered the company to pay $49,114 in compensatory damages and $202,287 in punitive damages.