April 26, 2023

On April 25, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that R&L Carriers, Inc. and R&L Carriers, Shared Services, LLC (R&L Carriers), a nationwide trucking company headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio, has agreed to pay $1.25 million and provide further relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC.

According to the lawsuit, R&L Carriers discriminated against women in hiring for loader positions between at least January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2017. Although a few women were hired as loaders, most female applicants were rejected or steered to different positions because of their sex. Applicants and other witnesses stated they were told R&L Carriers did not hire women for loader positions. The alleged discriminatory conduct resulted in a large difference in the percentage of female applicants who were hired compared to male applicants who were hired. The suit was filed in 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, as EEOC v. R&L Carriers Shared Services, LLC, Case No. 1:17-cv-00515-DRC. Under the consent decree resolving the claims, R&L Carriers will pay $1.25 million in monetary relief to a class of female applicants. The decree also orders R&L Carriers to train its hiring officials in legal hiring procedures. R&L Carriers will also invite rejected female applicants to reapply for loader positions and will engage in outreach and recruitment efforts related to employing women as loaders.

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Elissa Rossi