Judge finds trucking firm discriminated against women
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A federal judge has found that a Missouri-based trucking company had a pattern of discrimination against its female drivers.
The judge ruled Monday that Springfield-based New Prime Inc. violated federal law by requiring female drivers to be trained only by other female drivers.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the New Prime over the practice in 2011, alleging the policy limited women's access to jobs or delayed their hiring.
Prime sought to have the case dismissed. It suspended the women-train-women policy in March 2013.
The Kansas City Star reported Prime started the women training policy in 2003 after an earlier EEOC lawsuit focused on sexual harassment of a female driver trainee.
The commission said damages and remedies for the women involved in the case will be determined later.