DOT Whistleblower Protection

SKU: C-1090Duration: 12 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 12 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: 29 CFR Part 1978

Languages: English

The U.S. DOT requires interstate CMV drivers with less than one year of experience and a required CDL to receive training on four topics, one of which is Whistleblower Protection. DOT whistleblower protection serves to improve CMV safety by encouraging the persons best able to detect safety violations - drivers and other motor carrier employees - to report noncompliance with CMV safety regulations. This course covers the whistleblower activities that are protected, retaliatory actions by carriers that are prohibited, how to file a complaint with OSHA, and what happens after a complaint is filed.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the purpose of DOT Whistleblower Protection
  • List the whistleblower activities that are protected
  • Identify retaliatory actions for which a commercial motor carrier employee could file a complaint
  • Describe the complaint filing procedure
  • Describe what happens after a complaint is filed

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

Does whistleblower protection only apply to CMV drivers?
No, other motor carrier employees are also protected.

If I file a complaint, will my name be revealed to my employer?
All information that could identify the employee filing the complaint is removed before the complaint is provided to the employer.

If my carrier wants me to modify my hours of service (HOS) log in a way that would violate the HOS regulations, should I file a complaint?
Accurately reporting your hours of service (HOS) is a protected activity, so yes, you should file a complaint with OSHA.

Is there a specific form I need to fill out to file a complaint or do I have to file my complaint with a certain OSHA office?
No particular form is required and it may be filed with any OSHA office or employee.

Is there a time limit for filing a complaint?
Complaints must be postmarked, transmitted, delivered, or communicated within 180 days of the alleged violation.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

In their complaint and subsequent interviews, the complainant must provide facts and evidence showing that: •They engaged in a protected activity (for example, they refused to drive a CMV for safety reasons) •The respondent was aware of the protected activity •The complainant suffered an adverse retaliatory action (such as termination of employment) •Circumstances sufficiently prove that the protected activity (refusing to drive) was a contributing factor in the adverse action (termination of employment)

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