Drivers who are or were employed at Freon Logistics in Bakersfield, California are stunned that their company is now in bankruptcy court and still issued checks from frozen bank accounts. Drivers stood outside the company office Monday, hoping to find answers and back pay.
Some drivers were stranded when lawyers shut down fuel cards
As markets tighten and fuel prices continue to stay at abnormally high levels, small companies are often first to get hit by layoffs and bankruptcies. Employees would think that their employer would behave properly and have an exit strategy for when the time comes to shut the doors.
That is not the case for Freon Logistics, based in Bakersfield, California. They unfortunately ran until they apparently went into the red too deeply and are now in a court to settle their debts.
Freon’s safety manager Bill Prough was on scene when reporters approached wanting to know what was happening. His response was kinda confusing: “Our company has had some financial problems. They are getting our money and this is the time of the season when no one wants to pay you. They want to work on our money so consequently our company is behind. Some of our drivers aren’t getting paid you know,” said Prough, “It’s not that they’re not gonna get paid, they will get paid. The income goes down and the cost goes up and it’s just, people don’t understand, the drivers don’t understand.”
I’m not sure, but if a company has a history of being behind on payments, I, for one, would not want to work there. According to the coverage from local media BakersfieldNow, “While the workers gathered at the headquarters, investigators from the Department of Transportation arrived and also said the company was not responding to them.”
So is Freon giving the DOT the cold shoulder as well? That’s not a good sign that things were kosher.
This is a developing story and we will bring updates as they become available.