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Ohio trucking company to pay $1.25 million in sex discrimination lawsuit

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Federal authorities say that an Ohio-headquartered trucking company has agreed to pay more than one million dollars to settle a lawsuit claiming that the company discriminated against female workers.

R&L Carriers, Inc. is to pay $1,250,000 to settle a suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an April 25 EEOC news release.

The lawsuit argued that between  January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2017, R&L Carriers discriminated against women by hiring few female job applicants as loaders, instead rejecting their applications or steering them towards other jobs because of their gender.

“The alleged discriminatory conduct resulted in a large difference in the percentage of female applicants who were hired compared to male applicants who were hired,” the EEOC said.

The EEOC says that the company’s employment practices violated Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964.

As part of the settlement, officials will attempt to locate women affected by discriminatory practices who would receive payment from the settlement fund.

Also as part of the settlement, the company was ordered to stop discriminating against women in its hiring practices and to invite rejected female workers to reapply for loader positions.

“Women in the United States play a vital role in the American economy and workplaces,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows.  “The law requires companies to make hiring decisions based on an applicant’s qualifications, not gender stereotypes.  The EEOC will continue working to ensure that job opportunities in trucking and all industries are available to all qualified workers, regardless of gender.”

“Sex discrimination is illegal and will not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Bird, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office. “Employers should be on notice the EEOC will act aggressively to protect people from this type of discrimination. Employers cannot hire women for only some positions while excluding them from other positions.”

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