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Lawsuit: Kansas woman mechanic sexually harassed

July 19, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A woman mechanic filed a lawsuit against her former employer, accusing others at the company of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

The lawsuit, filed July 12 in Kansas District Court, said the woman’s supervisor and co-workers at Moore Freight Service regularly harassed and demeaned her by calling her derogatory names. The woman was the only female diesel mechanic when she started working for Moore Freight in Spring Hill, Kansas, in 2011.

The woman was regularly called a “bitch” and “too stupid” by her co-workers and was harassed about her body, according to the complaint. Daseke Inc., which bought Moore Freight in 2016, declined The Kansas City Star’s request for comment. The newspaper didn’t identify the woman who filed the lawsuit.

The suit said the harassment got worse when she complained to human resources. She was fired less than two weeks after she filed the lawsuit for what the company called insubordination.

“The Freight Yard operated as a ‘boys club’ where male employees did and said whatever they wanted without fear of repercussions,” the lawsuit said.

In February 2018, the complaint said, her co-workers began to make disparaging remarks every time she went to the bathroom at work, making comments that it was “her time of the month.”

The suit also indicated that the woman got her first raise two years after she started working for the company. She later learned that the starting salary of a male employee she was training was equivalent to her current pay. When she asked for a raise, the suit said, she was told she “did not work enough to justify another raise.”

The woman’s supervisor was fired in April for sexually harassing another female driver, the lawsuit said.

Spring Hill is located about 30 miles southwest of the Kansas City area.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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