Trucking Firm Accused of Discrimination

Associated Press

May 3, 2006

CLEVELAND -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against trucking firm Pitt Ohio Express Inc., accusing the Pittsburgh-based company of discrimination.

The federal lawsuit filed Friday in Cleveland says the company refused to hire to women seeking jobs as truck drivers and dockworkers at Ohio terminals.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the trucking company hired men over women who were equally or better qualified dating back to 1997.

Pitt Ohio Express did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is representing a group of more than 25 women in the lawsuit. It is seeking back pay with interest for the women, plus damages.