Mega Carrier Agrees to $75,000 Settlement in Truck Driver Discrimination Lawsuit
Dallas, TX — A mega carrier has agreed to settle a hiring discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In an announcement this week, the EEOC said Stevens Transport will pay $75,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination complaint.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit — filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division — an applicant applied to work for Stevens Transport in the Mesquite, TX, facility in August 2019.
During the interview, the applicant was asked whether a gap in his employment reflected on his resume was related to a medical reason.
The applicant disclosed that he had been diagnosed with hypertension for which he was required to use some medical leave while working at a previous job.
The EEOC’s suit alleged that the recruiter later told the applicant that he would not be hired because he utilized medical leave with his prior employer.
The EEOC alleged this violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
“Employers may not ask job applicants questions about prior medical leave or health conditions before a job offer is made,” said Alexa Lang, trial attorney in the EEOC’s Dallas District Office.
As part of a three-year consent decree, the giant trucking company also agreed to provide annual training to employees in its corporate recruiting department.
The training will cover the requirements and prohibitions of the ADA, as well as Stevens Transport’s procedure for reporting discrimination complaints.