A Minnesota carrier will pay $165,000 and issue an apology to a female driver in order to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed on the driver’s behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The EEOC announced the settlement with Stan Koch & Sons Trucking, of Golden Valley, Minn., on Monday, Oct.19. The company has more than 1,300 power units and over 800 drivers.
The EEOC filed a lawsuit against the company in May 2019, over the company’s refusal to rehire a former employee because she had filed an EEOC charge against Koch alleging that a strength test used by the company to screen truck drivers discriminates against women.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about discrimination in the workplace.
The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through the EEOC’s pre-lawsuit conciliation process.
The settlement stipulates that Koch will pay $165,000 to the former employee and issue her an apology for how she was treated by the company.
It further mandates that Koch adopt a more comprehensive anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation policy, train its corporate office employees on Title VII’s protections against discrimination and retaliation, and report to the EEOC all future complaints of Title VII discrimination and retaliation, according to a news release announcing the settlement.
“Refusing to hire someone solely because she has filed a charge with the EEOC is as clear a case of retaliation as you are ever going to see,” said Gregory Gochanour, the EEOC’s regional attorney in Chicago. “The EEOC will continue to enforce federal laws on behalf of employees who exercise their civil rights by contacting our agency to report workplace discrimination.”
According to court documents, plaintiff Alana Nelson was hired