Deducting $500 out of my check for not sending in light scale

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Runderwood, Feb 8, 2023.

  1. Runderwood

    Runderwood Bobtail Member

    Feb 8, 2023
    Can a trucking company take $500 out of my check cause I didn't send in light scale, after shipper told me, they didn't need it, I threw it away. On the load info, It say pickup requirements light and heavy scale, after 2 days if u do not send it, we take $500. After 2 weeks of this load, they ask me bout the ticket and now, which is 1 month later they r asking me again. I contacted CAT scale vial email to see if they can find scale ticket. My question is-do they have the right to take my money?
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  3. JoeTruck

    JoeTruck Heavy Load Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    LOWER 48
    Yes they can.
    It's time to weigh your options.
  4. Antinomian

    Antinomian Road Train Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    If you are an employee then it depends on the employment regulations in your state. Otherwise it depends on the terms of your contract with whoever is paying you.

    When asked for empty and loaded weights it often means the rate is based on weight. The shipper may not care about the scale ticket but the party that is billing the shipper may need it.

    Get the WeighMyTruck app and use it. You'll at least have an official email from CATScale if you need it later. And stop letting warehouse shipping clerks tell you what your job is.
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    It's sucks but almost certainly in the pile of papers you signed when you got hired is a notice that says they will bill you if you don't follow that rule. Use the CAT Scale phone app and it emails a copy of the weigh ticket to your designated email address. The app is free.
  6. The Railsplitter

    The Railsplitter Light Load Member

    Jan 23, 2023
    "BFE... and lovin' it!"
    Maybe the shipper slyly catches a break in the rate when the empty weight is MIA, pffffft... :mad:


    And then, sotto voce:

    "But YOU do..." ;)

    And the $500 they save is taken out of the driver's check... :confused:

    Back in the day, one incident like that would have had me drop-kickin' the truckin' outfit like I was starrin' in the NFL... :rolleyes:
  7. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    It does depend on the state and what you've signed, but for most part they cannot legally do that if you are an employee. They can fire you, but can't fine you.

    That said, good luck getting that money back. There is a reason reported wage thefts are by far the largest property crime in the US. It will cost you more than $500 to get a lawyer and win in court, so many victory would be phyric.

    The lesson is that if you're told "do xxx or it will cost you $$$", do xxx.
  8. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    And with the CAT scale app, even if you delete the e-mail the app keeps a history.

    It is one of the few apps I use, and one of the most useful.
  9. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    Are you employee or 1099?

    I would tell them if you take $500 from me I will quit and it would cost you a lot more than that afterwards having an empty truck.
  10. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
  11. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    That is the thing.
    If you accept a load you are basically signing a contract to the terms provided.
    When you accepted that load you agreed to pay $500 if you did not send them your light and heavy scale tickets within that 2 day margin.

    There is nothing sinister about it, since they told you up front.
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