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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2011

To that end, Hunter and Filner, his Democrat counterpart, are among 19 co-sponsors of Protecting America’s Roads Act, or H.R. 2407. The bill would end authority gained by Mexican carrier participants at the end of the program and bar paying for electronic monitoring of Mexican carrier participants with U.S. tax dollars.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, (D-Ore.) introduced the bill, which was referred to the Highways and Transit subcommittee July 7.

— Jill Dunn



EEOC files suit against carriers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued trucking companies over allegations of discriminatory practices against employees.

Among the commission’s filings are lawsuits against Sutter Transfer Service, Stevens Transport and Joe Ryan Trucking. EEOC first had attempted voluntary settlements with the companies.

Previously, EEOC had sued Prime Inc. over allegations the carrier discriminated against female driver applicants.

A company spokesman said it is confident it will prevail in defending its environment and believes EEOC’s claims are without merit.

EEOC filed a complaint against Sutter Sept. 29 in Sacramento’s U.S. District Court. The commission alleges the family-operated construction hauler allowed its dispatcher to harass employees with racial epithets. Bruce Peacock, STS president and CEO, said he does not discuss matters in litigation.

Also Sept. 29, the agency sued Stevens Transport over allegations the carrier had discriminated against an applicant based on disability. The company did not respond to a request for comment over the suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

On Sept. 23, the commission filed against the owner of Joe Ryan Enterprises, doing business as Joe Ryan Trucking in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

It alleges the owner had incessantly sexually harassed female employees. No one was available for comment at the carrier.

The commission also filed charges Sept. 30 against the former Scully Distribution Services in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Eastern Division. It alleged Scully had engaged in discrimination, harassment and retaliation against non-white drivers.

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