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tracohn

tracohn
Joined Oct 2019
tracohn
Joined Oct 2019

Hello everyone. I have some questions and a story to tell. First off I am a truck driver for a major LTL carrier. I live and work in Ohio. I’ve been with the company for 19 years and a driver for 15. Well, almost 3 years ago I started feeling different. Had hard time concentrating and just started missing little things. I ended up getting 4 preventable incidents in a 5 month period. We are allowed to have 5 within a 3 YEAR period. I switched to a stable route but still was having major problems. Almost passed out at the wheel a couple of times. I went to DR and had tests galore done and was finally diagnosed with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apena in May of last year. Began wearing my CPAP and everything changed. I felt awake and ready to face the day. Unfortunately.... I made a foolish mistake last month which triggered the 5 in 3 Year rule and was disqualified from driving for our company. They haven’t fired me but I’m not sure they will have a spot for me. I appealed the decision explaining that my diagnosis was made after the first 4 and am now being treated for it. The appeal was denied and now I have to wait to see if I have a job. My questions to everyone is have any of you dealt with situations like this ? Do I have any recourse against them under the ADA ? I had been a safe and very good driver until that 5 month period. Things happen as a city driver and we all have had our bumps and bruises. Even my manager has said he thinks this is all wrong but safety won’t work with him. This has been a month of living hell and I hope I can find the answers I’m looking for