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What state is your grandson in?
OK. Thanks for the information.
First off, he should refuse to drive without a CDL. Not only is it against the law, but he could be held civilly or even criminally liable if he were to cause an accident while driving.
Most states have enacted a public policy exception to wrongful termination cases. That means that in most states, it is illegal to fire someone for refusing to break a law. Unforunately, Florida is one of the seven states that have not enacted such a law. In other words, his employer COULD fire him for refusing to drive without a CDL. However, if they did, he could report them to the state for forcing people to drive without a CDL, and they could face sanctions, although he probably wouldn't get his job back.
I agree. It's not fair, and 43 other states have recognized that and passed laws to prevent this from happening. Unfortunately, like I said, for whatever reason, Florida has not passed that sort of law.
As far as his other options, he really has three that I can see: 1) refuse to drive without a CDL, and possibly get fired; 2) continue to drive for that company without his CDL and take the risk, but keep his job; or 3) strike some sort of deal with the company where he agrees to drive for them, but only after he gets his CDL.
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