Skip to content

Prime Sued for Sexual DIscrimination

Springfield, Mo.-based New Prime Inc., better known as Prime Inc., discriminated against female truck driver applicants when it required that they be trained by female trainers only, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit it filed Thursday.

According to the EEOC’s suit, this policy resulted in qualified female applicants being placed on a waiting list due to a lack of female trainers, delaying or denying them employment, while New Prime provided training for male applicants without similar delay.

The EEOC specifically charged that New Prime’s policy discriminated against Deanne Roberts, who filed an EEOC charge in 2009, and all similarly situated female truck driver applicants from 2003 to the present. The EEOC anticipates that New Prime will contend that it established this policy to reduce claims of sexual harassment of female trainees.

The EEOC seeks an end to the discriminatory policy as well as back pay and other damages for the women adversely affected by this policy – a class of at least 100 women, the EEOC believes.

“Employers cannot avoid their responsibility to provide a workplace without sexual harassment simply by placing roadblocks in the path of qualified female applicants,” said Barbara A. Seely, regional attorney for the EEOC’s St. Louis District Office. “Instead of proactively training and monitoring male truck drivers to avoid sexual harassment, the company put in place a discriminatory procedure that effectively deprived women of the opportunity to work as truck drivers.”

Steve Crawford, general counsel for Prime Trucking, told the Springfield News-Leader in an e-mail that while the company had not yet been served any papers in the suit, “Prime takes pride in maintaining a non-discriminatory, safe working environment for all its associates and contractors, regardless of gender. Prime is proud of its jobs-creation record in this economy for both men and women and believes litigation such as this distracts from its objective to create jobs.

“Prime has fully cooperated with the EEOC at every opportunity for more than a decade and regrets that the EEOC has chosen to take this course of action. Prime believes the EEOC’s claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend its employment practices and is confident it will ultimately prevail.”

Printer Friendly Version
Email This Story
Bookmark and Share

Fleets: Related News

9/23/2011 – Prime Inc. Revamping Pennsylvania Terminal

Prime inc. is renovating its Plaza terminal at its Pittston, Pa., location….

9/23/2011 – Con-way Freight Names Lehmkuhl President

Greg Lehmkuhl has been named president of Con-way Freight, Con-way’s regional and national less-than truckload subsidiary and largest operating unit….

9/23/2011 – Prime Sued for Sexual DIscrimination

Springfield, Mo.-based New Prime Inc., better known as Prime Inc., discriminated against female truck driver applicants when it required that they be trained by female trainers only, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit it filed Thursday….

9/22/2011 – ABF President/CEO Retiring

Arkansas Best, Fort Smith, Ark., announced that Wesley B. Kemp, current president and CEO of its largest subsidiary, ABF Freight System, will retire on Dec. 31….

9/22/2011 – Con-way Freight Launches Phone App for Customers

Con-way Freight launched its newly enhanced Con-way Freight Tools app for web-registered users….

9/21/2011 – Schneider Logistics Offering Innovative Shared LTL Service

Schneider Logistics unveiled a new service for shippers with reoccurring less-than-truckload moves. Integrated Delivery Services (IDS) uses Schneider’s Supply Chain management technology, cross-docking abilities and dedicated trucking experience to provide a new, cost-effective supply chain solution for shippers willing to share the ride….

9/21/2011 – Greatwide Adds ‘Green’ to Fleet

Greatwide Logistics, Dallas, announced the deployment of three alternative-fuel vehicles in its fleet….

9/21/2011 – Gordon Trucking Implements Hair Testing

Gordon Trucking, Pacific, Wash., has begun drug screening all applicants via hair samples with the goal of reducing new driver accidents within the first crucial months of employment. …

9/20/2011 – Old Dominion Opens Another Service Center in Pennsylvania

Old Dominion Freight Line opened a new service center in Altoona, Pa., in response to significant growth in the region….

9/19/2011 – YRC Completes Restructuring

Shareholders of YRC Wordwide Friday voted overwhelmingly in favor of its restructuring….

9/16/2011 – A. Duie Pyle to Celebrate Allentown, Penn., Expansion

A. Duie Pyle is planning a celebration of its expanding capabilities in Pennsylvania with the recent opening of the company’s newest Service Center in Allentown. A special event for local customers and dignitaries will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12….

9/16/2011 – UPS To Offer Customer-Controlled Package Delivery Service

UPS announced the launch of UPS My Choice, a new service that places greater control over home delivery in the hands of the consumer….

9/13/2011 – Old Dominion Opens Service Center in Madison, Wis.

Old Dominion Freight Line opened its newest service center in Madison, WIs., after experiencing sustained growth in the region….

9/12/2011 – Pacer Testing LNG Trucks in Southern California Operations

Pacer International is testing a number of liquefied natural gas powered trucks for its Southern California Cartage fleet. The trucks will operate through Pacer’s cartage subsidiary, Pacer Cartage….

9/8/2011 – Ryder and Staples to Use CNG Tractors in Southern California

Ryder announced that it and Staples have agreed to add 10 heavy-duty compressed natural gas tractors to Ryder’s dedicated fleet servicing Staples, the world’s largest office products company….

9/8/2011 – Arizona Court Rules Swift Must Face Employee Claims in Court

After eight years of legal proceedings, an Arizona Supreme Court ruling has concluded that truckers working for Swift who claim the company routinely shorts drivers for mileage may take their case to trial….

9/7/2011 – Kenan Advantage Group Grows Gas Business with JBK Acquisition

Kenan Advantage Group, a large tank truck transporter and logistics provider based in North Canton, Ohio, has completed its acquisition of Jack B. Kelley Inc., which it says is the largest independent transporter of industrial gases in the United States….

9/7/2011 – Schneider Ramping up New Oil Field Service

Schneider National is hiring 500 new drivers as part of its new service to support hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” companies….

9/6/2011 – Old Dominion Freight Line Sued for Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Old Dominion Freight Line, alleging the carrier violated federal law by discriminating against at least one truck driver because of self-reported alcohol abuse….

9/1/2011 – MinStar Transport Introduces Double-Deck Trailer System

MinStar Transport, a dry van carrier based in Eagan, Minn.,, launched its new Double Deck Trailer System. MinStar’s can help companies double the amount of freight carried on a single truck while reducing shipping costs….

8/31/2011 – UPS Buys 100 All-Electric Vehicles for California

UPS purchased 100 all-electric delivery vehicles for deployment in California to replace diesel trucks….

8/31/2011 – FedEx Freight Expands Service in Mexico

FedEx Freight will now serve three additional markets in Mexico….

8/30/2011 – ATT Deploys 4,000th Alternative-Fuel Vehicle

ATT deployed its 4,000th alternative-fuel vehicle in its corporate vehicle fleet. ATT also announced that it has deployed its 3,000th compressed natural gas vehicle….

8/29/2011 – Con-way Truckload Announces Healthcare Package for Owner-Operators

Con-way Truckload announced a new program where owner-operators will have the opportunity to obtain healthcare benefits provided by a third-party insurance carrier….

8/26/2011 – Roadrunner Transportation Systems Buying Prime Logistics Corp.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Prime Logistics Corp. for approximately $97.5 million….

8/26/2011 – Robert Heath Trucking to Install Fleet-Wide TrailerTails

Robert Heath Trucking of Lubbock, Texas, will install fuel-saving aerodynamic TrailerTails from ATDynamics, also known as boat tails, across its entire fleet of trailers….

8/24/2011 – Old Dominion Announces Rate Increase

Old Dominion Freight Line will increase its base rates by about 4.9% effective Sept. 6….

8/23/2011 – Prime Driver Chosen for USA Triathlon Team

Endurance Films, USA Triathlon’s official film production supplier, selected 11 members for its inaugural sponsored triathlon racing team, including Prime Inc. driver Siphiwe Baleka….

8/22/2011 – Marten to Transport 9/11 Memorial Artifacts

A specially customized Marten Transport trailer will carry metal artifacts from the collapsed World Trade Center twin towers to Hattiesburg, Miss., to become part of a permanent memorial at The University of Southern Mississippi….

8/19/2011 – Swift Offering Cross-Border Intermodal Service

Swift Transportation announced a new Intermodal container service into and out of Mexico….

8/19/2011 – GTI Buys Buske

Gordon Trucking Inc., Pacific, Wash., has bought Buske Truck Lines, Edwardsville, Ill., increasing Gordon’s fleet by 150 trucks and 375 trailers….

8/18/2011 – PeopleNet Recognizes Customer Innovators at User Conference

PeopleNet announced the recipients of its Innovator of the Year Award, which the company gives to four organizations in four fleet categories that demonstrate leadership in using PeopleNet to create unique solutions that drive ROI….

8/18/2011 – Old Dominion Freight Line to Expand in Indianapolis

Old Dominion Freight Line announced a major expansion of its regional hub in Indianapolis….

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
Join over 3.000 visitors who are receiving our newsletter and learn how to optimize your blog for search engines, find free traffic, and monetize your website.
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.
Tax, Accounting, Consulting - Emil Estafanous, CPA, CFF, CGMA