Prime Inc. is a trucking company that offers flatbed, refrigerated and tanker shipping. It’s based in Springfield, Missouri, has been around 35+ years and is the 20th-largest hauler in the country, according to Overdrive magazine’s website.
As do all trucking outfits, it must continually train and orient new drivers. Because of a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it decided in 2004 that female drivers had to be trained by other women. Sexual harassment, you know.
Everybody lived in harmony for 12 years, until the EEOC stuck its nose in again. From Overdrive: “Prime Inc. … has agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle a discrimination-based lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of more than 60 female truck drivers who claimed they were denied jobs at the country. … The EEOC charges that a Prime policy stating that female drivers only by trained by female trainers effectively denied women driving jobs at the company based on their gender. The EEOC said this week Prime has agreed to pay $250,000 to resolve a discrimination claim brought by one of the female truckers. The carrier agreed last month, says the EEOC, to pay $2.8 million in lost wages and damages for 63 other women who said they were denied jobs.”
I’m not sure this is what John F. Kennedy envisioned when he created the forerunner of this agency, busier than ever in a society that glorifies victimhood.
Another carrier took a similar case to the Supreme Court. More from Overdrive: “Prime’s not the only major U.S. carrier to run into sexual harassment issues regarding male trainers and female drivers. CRST International, though eventually absolved of liability, spent years tangled in an EEOC lawsuit surrounding claims made by female truckers. The Supreme Court just last month issued a decision on behalf of CRST, saying it was owed the millions of dollars in legal fees it spent defending itself against the EEOC suit.”
The amount at stake is nearly $5 million. Will the EEOC refuse to pay up, saying it doesn’t answer to the Supreme Court? Congress needs to rein in these bureaucrats, but shows no will. We wonder why too few people have decent jobs. After reading this, would you want to start a company?