You have the right to drive while drunk, if it’s your job

Posted by: Phineas on September 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

**Posted by Phineas

And the US government will fight for you!

Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.

Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”

Be sure to read the whole thing, and note that, while the company may not fire an alcoholic driver, it would still be liable for any damage or injury (or, God forbid, death) caused by the driver while hammered in a protected state of sobriety-deficiency. You can bet the company’s insurance agency has already sent them a notice of rate increase (if not outright cancellation) and that those increased costs will be passed along to Old Dominion’s customers, who will pass them along to their customers, until it reaches… us, the consumers.

But none of that matters to the EEOC, which will sue until you cry “uncle” to protect the God-given rights of rummies to drive 18-wheelers on the public highway.

Is it any wonder that the federal government comes in dead-last in a popularity survey?

via Zombie at PJM

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “You have the right to drive while drunk, if it’s your job”


  1. Carlos says:

    I wonder if the EEOC has read the federal regulations regarding use/abuse of alcohol while driving a rig that falls under federal interstate transportation regs?

    Obviously not. And just as obviously, the genii at EEOC failed their courses of logic in college, too.

    I would ask who hires these idiots, but I know the answer. It’s too bad their union rules and management rules prevent the government (originally defined as “We, the people…”) from firing not only idiots who come up with these things but the idiots who hired them based upon stated ideologies.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Doesn’t it make you feel really great knowing that folks just like these wonderful EEOC functionaries are going to be making your health care decisions soon?

  3. Carlos says:

    Ah, but the difference, GWR, will be that ObamaCare has to succeed because, well, even though socialist medicine has failed everywhere it’s ever been foisted upon the people, it’s failed because they didn’t have the right people conceiving it, implementing it and running it! See, problem solved since Brainiac and his merry band of chumps will be able to make sure they install all the correct chumps that won’t make the same stupid mistakes everyone else has made. Problem solved!

    Excuse me now, please. The unicorns need feeding…