Companies most mentioned as Hostile Work Environment for women
While searching around for more information on the net about men trainers raping, and sexually assalting, women while/during their training. It seems like two companies are always mentioned. CRST Vans from Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406 and CR England from Salt Lake City, UT, 84120.
I really don’t know too much information about either of the companies. But, CR England was a few years ago caught up in a scam with their truck training. I made a mistake and went to work here and made the very long bus ride to New Jersy for orientation. Got off the bus and got over to the terminal, heard some horror stories and called a cab went to bus station and bought a ticket back home.
Well, I am going to start off by going through C.R. England. Looking at their website, I see a scam that is still in operation today. SCHOOL REFRESHER courses offered, why does a student driver need a refresher course (Which cost more money)? From their website,
CR England has a school refresher program that has been designed to train individuals who have graduated from a certified truck driver training school, other than a CR England driving school
Which also includes drivers who have gotten their CDL from a school but ended up not going with any companies right off the bat.
Our school refresher program consists of a 17-day course that will familiarize you with CR England’s company policies and procedures. This program will also refresh you on basic safe driving skills in a tractor-trailer.
But, cost you The school refresher program requires a payment of both tuition and a processing fee.:
* Processing Fee – A processing fee of $500 is non-refundable and must be paid upon arrival at the CR England facility; we accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card.
* Tuition – Tuition is $995. This may be financed and deducted from your check for $55 per week.
After successful completion of our refresher program you will be hired and begin your on-the-job training. After which you have ALREADY spent GOD only knows how much in going to a truck driving school already.
You will be assigned a certified Phase I trainer. You will be with this trainer for 30 days. You will be paid $61.43 per day, which equates to $430 a week. There will be 4 learning modules you will need to complete during this part of your training. At the end of this training, you will be given a road evaluation and attend a one day certification program. At this point you gain “Certified Driver” status.
You will now move into Phase II training. For 60 days you will be 2nd seat with an independent contractor. This will give you the opportunity to observe our lease program up close and gain additional driving experience. You will be paid 12 cents per mile for all truck miles, pickup and drop pay and detention. (The average pay will be $450 to $600 per week) You will be required to complete four learning modules during this phase of your training.
Once you have completed your training program you can choose your own career path. Seems like they push the Lease Operator path the most. Which yea, this is probably true, but this is no more than a glorified company driver with no benefits. This is my first red flag about this company already. They want you to pay for their new truck, plus the fuel and insurances etc.
Allegations, of rape and sexual assault, harassment in this company are pretty high according to doing just a little research on Google. Sexual Harassment is very serious, let alone rape. If these allegations are true, then this defiantly would not be a good choice for a new female driver to look into.
Now to get onto CRST Vans. This by looking at their website is on the same order as C.R. England. From CRST website:
Interested in the outstanding pay and benefits that come with being a team driver, but think you have to be part of an existing team? Think again, because at CRST Van Expedited, we will match you with a co-driver who lives in your area.
Just mentions a co-driver does not say it will be of same sex. This is totally wrong, and should NOT be allowed. Also by reading there website they sound like a stable company. Until you start looking around on the web.
35 cases of harassment against CRST move forward
Would have been more, but a lot of women didn’t make it in time to report or add in on this claim. There will be more cases I am sure, especially if these are proven and dealt with.
This will be being discussed in the next few weeks more and more. Because this is a very big problem in this industry and it needs to be dealt with severity and fast. Companies found guilty of hiding information on this should be closed, fined and told they could never hire drivers again.
Women should not be in fear while doing jobs. They should not be teamed with male drivers. And why are married couple who want to drive with each other separated while in training? More to come in later post I am sure..
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