FEMALE GARBAGE TRUCK DRIVERS “DIDN’T WORK OUT”
According to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Allied Waste Services of the Ozarks – a refuse disposal company – allegedly refused to hire qualified female drivers because of their sex.
JM, interviewed for a garbage truck driver position in May of 2020. During that process, she was supposedly told that females hadn’t worked out in the past, and that they would have to build a locker room with shower for female drivers if she were hired. When she later followed up and indicated that she wanted to pursue the position, the company failed to respond and is said to have hired a “less qualified male” applicant.
Since such conduct allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC filed civil litigation (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Allied Services, LLC d/b/a Allied Waste Services of the Ozarks / Republic Services of the Ozark, Civil Action No. 6:23-cv-03308) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief.
In a written statement, Andrea G. Baran, regional attorney for the EEOC’s St. Louis District Office, noted that “With all the advances in equal employment opportunities for women since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, people often assume sex discrimination in hiring is a thing of the past …. Unfortunately, this kind of discrimination remains a persistent problem, particularly in some traditionally male-dominated fields.”
Bet Allied thought that was a lot of garbage.
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