There are thousands of women across the United States who enjoy the lifestyle of an over the road truck driver. Although the number of women in trucking have virtually remained the same for the past 20 years, there is still a desire in many women who would like to give a trucking career a try.
Recent news of a trucking company out of Pennsylvania who was ordered to pay $2.43 million dollars in a sex discrimination suit, poses the question: Is there sex discrimination against women truck drivers? And if so, how serious is it? With 30 years of trucking under my belt, I seldom, if ever, heard anything about this issue. Until recently . . . and I receive quite a few emails from women across the country sharing their stories of sexual harrasement within the trucking industry.
Are the women drivers making the same amount of money in trucking, as their male counter parts? The answer to this, should be “yes.” Based on what I am hearing, however, there are those female drivers that are coping with much greater problems than the media is willing to be let known.
I would like to hear more from the women truck drivers out there. Is sex discrimination a problem out there for women drivers? Is this an issue that would-be women truckers need to be concerned about? We are preparing to air a show concerning this topic in the near future, on our trucking talk radio show.
Help me out ladies . . . is there a problem? If so, Truth About Trucking “LIVE” will let it be known.
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