Who to report an intrastate carrier in fl to??

Discussion in 'Trucker Legal Advice' started by CAPTJB, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. CAPTJB

    CAPTJB Bobtail Member

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    Not sure if this is the right forum,but here goes. Haven`t worked as a leased O/O for 15 years so I kinda forgot all the rules. Have been running under my own authority for last 15 yrs. So I leased on with a local intrastate only carrier a month ago to try the local thing. Didn`t work out so good,ALOT of physical work and no miles or money. So I quit 2 weeks ago. I was supposed to get my final settlement mailed to me last week and of course it never showed up. Now they are saying that they think I hit a fence at one of my stops 3 weeks ago and they have to check it out before paying me!! It`s taking everything I have not to drive over there and punch someone in the face as I know it`s just a stall tactic. I didn`t hit a fence and it`s the first I`m hearing of it. My question is if they only have intra rights/authority in Florida who would I file a report/claim with ?? What if they make up some story about this fence issue and try to take money from me,what`s my recourse there?
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  2. ShortBusKid

    ShortBusKid Heavy Load Member

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    If you're an owner operator leased on You're probably going to have to sue. I don't think there is any government agency to turn to for help. Lawyer up or at least threaten too and get your money.
     
  3. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    Sounds like ShortBusKid is probably right. But you could try your state labor relations board, if there is one in Florida. Probably will be told they can't help you, but it can't hurt to check with them.
     
  4. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    As an OO it's separate from employment law.

    For about $40- $50 you can get a lawyer to send a letter of intent. It pretty much says pay up or get sued. With the lawyer letter head it is intimidating and many times it will work. They know it costs more to go to court and with the letter head they think you are serious about proceeding.

    Plan B is buy 3 cases of beer and take 8 buddies down there. I had a business once and the insurance agent was pocketing the workers comp payments and issuing fake policies. After a run around, I took the whole crew down there for a visit. He borrowed the money the next day from his sister and paid me. I wasn't going to do anything, I just used intimidation to collect. Then again this is TN. :)
     
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    ShortBusKid Heavy Load Member

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    You should change your handle to Guido or just "The Don" as in Corleone
     
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  6. CAPTJB

    CAPTJB Bobtail Member

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    I thought of that but the company is owned and run by a woman and she`s the only one in there. I have been on the phone trying to get info all day with no luck. Very frustrating to say the least. I would go grab one of her trailers for hostage but they are all 20 yrs old and pure junk
     
  7. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    About the only thing to do here in the Bikini State is small claims court.Been there, done that, it will work.

    You can also call her contacts where you loaded for her at, get them involved.. If they find out she is not paying her truckers, quite often they will mention it to her. That puts pressure on her to shut you up. Good luck.
     
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  8. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    There can be quite a difference between getting a court order, and then getting it actually enforced. JMHO. .
     
  9. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    Ain't that the truth. I'm not proud of it but when I was on the road I seen a spot of ground up for sale in our local classifieds newspaper. For those that don't know I live in a rural area where bad things don't happen. I knew this spot well and wanted it bad. I called the people and it was an old lady, 72 years old. Since I couldn't get home right away I agreed to send her $1500 as a good faith deposit.

    Anyways, I get home and get a surveyor out there and some guy comes across the street and asks what I'm doing. I told him I was buying this property. He then told me he owned it. :biggrin_25524:

    I had a title search done and sure enough about 60 years ago two deeds were made over a wild story between two brothers. This guy had the good deed and the old lady I was dealing with had the bad deed. Needless to say she already spent my money and is on SSI drawing about $500 a month. I was screwed and not a thing I could do.
     
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  10. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    You are so correct. I agree. However, it is better than nothing, and gives a little leverage.
    Feel a little bit better about the situation also.
     
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