U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Female Bus Cleaners Treated Differently and Fired Due to Gender, Federal Agency Charged
FRESNO – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the simultaneous filing and settlement of its gender discrimination lawsuit against MV Transportation, a provider of passenger transportation services.
Two former bus cleaners, both female, alleged that they were treated differently and ultimately terminated due to their gender, which EEOC alleged violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Both the lawsuit and the decree resolving the matter were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (EEOC v. MV Transportation, Inc., Case No. 2:11-cv-02020-MCE-EFB). The facility in Merced, Calif., where the bus cleaners worked no longer exists. The company denied the allegations in the lawsuit, but worked with the EEOC for a positive resolution.
The company will pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to resolve the sex bias claims occurring at the company’s former Merced site. Aside from the monetary relief, MV Transportation agreed to take proactive measures to ensure against discrimination in the workplace, including revising its anti-discrimination polices and procedures, providing additional training to managers and non-management employees, and other remedies. MV agreed to implement the injunctive relief remedies at its Hartford, Calif., location.
“MV Transportation is to be commended for agreeing to substantial injunctive relief and we hope other employers will take similar proactive action,” said Anna Y. Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office, which includes Merced in its jurisdiction.
Melissa Barrios, director of the EEOC’s Fresno Local Office, added, “Gender bias continues to be a problem in today’s workplace, as our Fair Pay Day events highlighted. It is important for employers to recognize the need to address sex discrimination immediately so that the problem does not continue.”
According to the company’s website, Fairfield, Calif.-based MV Transportation employs over 12,000 employees in over 100 locations in 24 states throughout the United States.
The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on the agency’s web site at www.eeoc.gov.