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Attorneys discuss live 3.1M sex discrimination case


Attorneys discuss live 3.1M sex discrimination case

June 30, 2016 Thursday 6:00 pm Eastern
Listen on your phone (646) 200-0616 or via the Link
“Discrimination is not the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking”



Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Cente

Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center

Discrimination appears in many forms and can affect numerous types of people. The most cunning type however is the when a discriminatory action professes to protect those who are being discriminated against. This was the case with  female truck driver, Deanna Roberts Clouse who felt because she was a woman, she was being discriminated against by New Prime, Inc’s truck driver training program.

Deanna  Clouse contacted  Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center who filed a discrimination charge.  The  lawsuit became part of a Class Action against Prime with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC) and Attorney Taylor.

A federal district court judge found that Springfield-based Prime Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by having a policy where only men could train men as truck drivers, and only women were allowed to train women.   Their reasoning  Prime contended they was “it put the policy in place in order to protect female applicants.” Prime had lost a 2003 Sexual Harassment case with the EEOC and in 2004 placed their “Only Men can train men and only women can train women”


In May of 2016 EEOC Press Release  announced   “Prime, Inc. to Pay Over $3 Million After Court Ruled it Used Discriminatory Hiring Practices”

Trucking Giant’s Same-Sex Trainer Policy Kept Women Drivers Out of Jobs, Federal Agency Charged

Prime agreed to pay $250,000 to Clouse to resolve her claims and Prime agreed via consent decree to pay over $2.8 million in lost wages and damages for 63 other women who were denied job opportunity.

“Andrea G. Baran, regional attorney of EEOC’s St. Louis District, said, “When women break into male-dominated fields, they are often trained by men. We should not expect that these women will be sexually harassed. It is disrespectful to men everywhere to assume that they will harass women if they work together in close quarters. Rather, employers have a responsibility to adopt strict anti-harassment policies and practices and enforce them so that all employees – regardless of sex – can work and succeed together.”

EEOC St. Louis District Director James R. Neely, Jr. added, “Being male or female is not relevant to whether a person can be a good truck driver. While the trucking industry was desperately looking for drivers, Prime locked women out of their workforce rather than focus its efforts on preventing sexual harassment. Moving forward, we hope that Prime will respect the court’s injunction and provide equal opportunities to all applicants, without respect to sex.”

A new lesson in hiring from the EEOC: You can’t get away with discriminating against a specific group of applicants by improperly structuring your training program.

Join the Women Truckesr Network as they bring the lawyers responsible for winning this case on the air.

Paul Taylor – Truckers Justice Center – Plaintiff’s Attorney

Dayna Deck – EEOC Senor Trial Attorney

Jan Shelly – EEOC Senior Trial Attorney

Do you agree with the verdict? Was Prime right in their policy of “Men train men and women train women”  or is there a deeper problem that is being covered up?

June 30, 2016 Thursday 6:00 pm Eastern
Listen on your phone (646) 200-0616 or via the Link

Discrimination is not the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking


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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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