Fired truck driver to get $165,000 in gender bias settlement

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A U.S. District Judge has ordered a Minneapolis trucking company to pay a driver $165,000 in back pay after firing her when she failed a strength test following a workplace injury.

MINNEAPOLIS— A Twin Cities truck driver who was fired because she failed a strength test following a workplace injury has been awarded $165,000 from her former employer, a court document shows.

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U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel on Friday, Oct. 16, approved the settlement of the May 2019 gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Alana Nelson.

In addition to ordering Stan Koch & Sons Trucking to pay Nelson’s back wages, the settlement requires the trucking company to apologize to her either in person or via video hookup, the Star Tribune reported.

The company also must put a written policy in place and train its front office employees about discrimination and retaliation.

The settlement noted that Nelson, 56, of St. Paul Park, received “a separate private settlement” from Koch & Sons, but the amount was not listed in the court document.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. And if you hire this person without a strength test and they get hurt again or can’t do the job then what…I would rather stay a 1 truck o/o. Than deal with this type of stuff

  2. It is a tough call I undestand were Koch is coming from Not strong enough for the job should not turn into a law suit. I think she turned it into to something it was not. It states it was Gender was the issue. I think the judge was wrong and I hope Koch appeals it to anothe court.

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