Texas trucking company agrees to pay dockworkers $400,000
05/21/2012 - 11:53:36 am
According to the consent decree, Central Freight has “agreed to pay $400,000 to the claimants and to train management and supervisory personnel at the Central Freight Dallas and Fort Worth terminals on equal employment opportunity policies and procedures.”
The EEOC’s lawsuit alleges the dockworkers were fired by Central Freight because of their age by using a “reduction-in-force ruse.” Some of the dockworkers had been with the company for 20 or more years and were approximately 50 years or older.
The trucking company settled on the opening day of the eight-day scheduled trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.
The EEOC press release issued on May 10 states that Central Freight supervisors prepared a list of the men to be terminated, and that company supervisors referred to the dockworkers as “grandpa” and “old farts” and other names. The EEOC complaint also stated that Central Freight changed its attendance and disciplinary policy so that those with few write-ups were “suddenly put on corrective action and eligible for termination under the new policy.”
by Land Line Magazine Staff