Trucking Company to Pay $3.1M to Women Blocked From Jobs by Same-Sex Training Policy

Two years after a federal court found it liable, a trucking company has agreed to compensate female applicants who were denied job opportunities because the company required that they be trained by women only.

In 2014, a U.S district court in Indiana ruled that New Prime Trucking Inc. violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination when it denied employment opportunities to women through its same-sex trainer policy.

Under the settlement announced today, the company will pay $3.1 million and offer jobs to the lead plaintiff and 63 other women victimized by this discriminatory policy.

Based in Springfield, Mo., Prime is one of the nation’s largest refrigerated, flatbed and tanker carriers. It is based in Springfield, Mo., and employs over 2,000 persons. Prime provides truck-freight services to customers in Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

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