Female trucker sues ex-employer for harassment, wrongful termination

By Land Line staff | Friday, March 25, 2016

A Pennsylvania woman is suing her former employer for harassment and wrongful termination, alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender.

The plaintiff, Tameisha L. Wilson, filed suit March 14 against Diamond Head Trucking Co., of Ambridge, Pa., alleging a pattern of comments and actions by managers and coworkers created a hostile environment, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania.

The complaint alleges that male drivers “routinely exposed their penises and urinated” in Wilson’s presence during safety or other meetings run by management, and that no actions were taken to stop the alleged behavior.

The complaint further alleges that some male drivers stole items out of Wilson’s truck, including her logbooks, safety gear and snacks, without repercussions or discipline from management.

One specific incident referenced in the complaint occurred in January 2015, in which Wilson learned the identity of a male driver who allegedly stole items from her truck. She reported the incident to a manager, who promised to investigate. During a regularly scheduled safety meeting on February 4, 2015, Wilson claims another male assistant supervisor handed her two bags of garbage, instead of her missing items. The complaint claims this same male supervisor had made unwelcome sexual advances in person, and by phone and text to the plaintiff.

Wilson’s attorney alleges that once the sexual advances were rejected, the supervisor subjected her to heightened scrutiny at work and fired her for pretextual reasons on three separate occasions. Each time another manager reinstated her, but “did nothing to discipline (the assistant) for his discriminatory actions.” The employee accused of the theft was not disciplined either.

The complaint claims that the company’s actions violated Wilson’s civil rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Diamond Head Trucking does not have an attorney of record, according to court documents. No response has been filed in answer to Wilson’s petition. A federal judge referred the case to the court’s mediation program.

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