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Judge Rules Against Prime’s Same-Sex Driver Training Program

August 18, 2014

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A federal court last week issued a ruling against the trucking company Prime Inc. and its same-sex training program for newly hired truck drivers.

The judge in Springfield, Missouri, said the program violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by having a policy where only men could train men as truck drivers, and only women were allowed to train women, according to the Springfield News Leader.

The case was originally filed by Deanna Roberts, now Deanna Roberts Clouse, who claimed Prime discriminated against female truck driver applicants when it required that they be trained by female trainers only.

It claimed 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 Prime provided training for male applicants without similar delay. Roberts Clouse was hired by Prime in 2009, but was told there would be a delay in training her because there were no female instructors available.

Prime claimed it put the policy in place to protect female drivers and ended same-sex training in 2013.

The judge denied a motion to rule on damages in the case. Such a ruling is expected later, including for how long a period Prime will have to pay back wages to the plaintiffs; some 45 may be affected.

Read more about it from the Springfield News Leader.

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  1. 1. Desiree Wood [ August 18, 2014 @ 11:17AM ]

    Prime same-sex training policy makes a stement in advance that they KNEW they could not provide a safe training environment regardless of gender. To say women can only be trained by women speaks loudly that they have no control of their training program. To penalize female students by keeping them on the hook as a solution is a double no no. There are many good male trainers who do not commit sexual misconduct while training women. Also, not all female students are qualified to drive at all and try to use sex and allegations to pass. In order to move beyond this problem in entry level carriers the companies must be accountable to know what is going on with student and trainer regardless of gender. Female trainers are also guilty of sexual misconduct with students so the solution is not to separate genders. It is personal maturity, personal responsibility, proper sexual misconduct training, checks and balances in the training carriers who put unprepared and uninformed students out with trainers who in essence are risking their lives to train. There is a shortage of good trainers. This judgment opens the door to talk about moving into the 21st century for trucking and meat grinder companies being responsible. if they can't trust their trainers they shouldn't be training students at all. You have a right to be trained in a safe environment but too many training carriers are luring people into the industry unfiltered for the aptitude to perform the job at all. This is burning out good trainers! Men are less likely to report misconduct because they do not want to be perceived as weak. This case is important for both genders. Thank You Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center for taking it on , the EEOC who filed it properly and Deanna Clouse for having the courage to fight for your rights and for the rights of others against this carrier that exploits with their lease program and antiquated policies.

  2. 2. Dennis [ August 19, 2014 @ 03:20AM ]

    It's not just the trainers that companies have to worry about. I was a trainer at my present company for 6 1/2 years. In the beginning I trained both male and female. Until a female trainee started trying to do inappropriate things and then say if I didn't go along she would cause trouble. I never trained another female after that. My wife and my job were much more important to me than training somebody that could ruin my whole future, personal and work. Haven't been training for 3 years now and am glad that part of my life is over.

 

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