In the midst of a huge labor shortage in the trucking industry, which is threatening to have a serious impact on multiple supply chains, a trucking company was accused of discriminating against women by implementing a strength job test that unfairly favored men. Hit with a six discrimination lawsuit, the company will now have to comply with several requirements laid out in the consent decree, including monetary damages.
The U.S. trucker shortage is nothing to joke about. We’re dealing with a record high, according to Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. Spear recently told CNN that there’s been a 30% increase compared to pre-pandemic times, when the industry was already facing a serious shortage, which is now adding up to 80,000 drivers.
In these conditions, it would seem unlikely for a trucking company to intentionally leave out potential drivers, based on their gender. Yet, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota-based trucking company for this precise reason.