AKRON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to enforce a final decision and order issued to North Canton-based trucking company Star Air and owner Robert R. Custer for terminating two truck drivers in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s whistleblower provisions.
The company has been ordered to pay $612,205. The Labor Department’s Administrative Review Board issued a final decision to Star Air on Dec. 19, 2011, requiring the company to reinstate the two employees and pay $602,366, including back wages in the amount of $341,894 for one driver and $181,468 for the other, as well as $79,004 in attorney fees.
On Jan. 18, 2012, the review board ordered Star Air to pay supplemental attorney fees of $9,839. To date, Star Air has not taken any action to comply, prompting the department’s suit, which has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division in Akron. The department is represented by its Regional Office of the Solicitor in Cleveland.
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