I'm a Commercial Motor Vehicle owner operator operating under my own D.O.T. Authority and own the LLC
company my truck is registered under. My truck is a lease purchase, contracted to haul the freight of another Carrier utilizing their trailers, the same Carrier my truck is lease purchased through.
Here's my dilemma. The contracted Carrier is not supposed to treat their owner operators as company employees/drivers by forcing dispatch, dictating where and when truck maintenance occurs, etc. I already know there is legal precedence with this regarding IRS employee tax laws and the contracted carrier is also fully aware.
However, the contracted carrier is now resorting to the use of coercion, threats, and blackmail toward myself, and quite possibly other owner operators contracted onto them, to force me into doing exactly what they want (I.e. forced dispatch under threat of taking away revenue from a current load assigned if I refuse a preplanned load, forcing me to go around weigh stations when their load is over weight, rather than them contacting the shipper and rectifying the problem, not allowing me to get truck repairs done when needed, causing me to have to operate unsafely on loads I'm forced to pick up and deliver, etc.).
My questions are, if I report the contracted carrier to government agencies such as the IRS, D.O.T. Etc, am I protected under the whistle Blower act?