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FedEx says fired driver had safety violations

Ismail Aliyev claims he was fired because of his Russian accent. FedEx responded that his safety violations "disqualified" him as a long-haul contract driver.

By PAUL FOY
The Associated Press

12/3/2012

SALT LAKE CITY — The Associated Press has obtained a ticket for safety violations that FedEx says led to the termination of a Utah truck driver who filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the shipping company.

Ismail Aliyev claims he was fired because of his Russian accent. FedEx responded that his safety violations "disqualified" him as a long-haul contract driver.

In addition to be cited for an inability to speak English clearly, Aliyev was ticketed for unsafe backing at an Iowa weigh station and driving for 14 hours.

Federal regulations limit truckers to 11 hours of driving at a time.

Aliyev tells the AP he can't speak English well enough. He disputes a ticket issued in August 2011 that called him a "non-English speaking driver." Records show an Iowa court found him guilty of all three infractions.

Dorothy Cox of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at dlcox@thetrucker.com.

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