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Multiple women who work for the United Parcel Service (UPS) have recently filed a class action lawsuit for $250 million against the company for their sexist practices against women, including those who are people of color, disabled, and could be discriminated against for their age. They filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, on behalf of female UPS staff across the United States.
Specifically, according to Apex Insight, these women work in the Oakland UPS Hub, and they are alleging that the company pays women less for equal work, as well as the denied benefits that come with earned seniority (these women have worked with the company for over twenty years), and problems advancing in their careers.
Apparently, some women are especially vulnerable if they look “more feminine” or take advantage of paid time off or flexible work scheduling policies to only work part time. Those who filed the claim say that the money would be for female staff who face discrimination for their gender, age, or disability, at any time after November 9th of 2017.
The women who have filed the lawsuit specifically name supervisor Ricardo Morena as a defendant. They claim that he is the chief harasser and that he has engaged in sexual discrimination. Apparently, he “recruits other supervisors to sabotage” female works and chooses “too feminine” women to do extra work.
Morena is also reported to have told supervisors to work against company policy, taking away hours that female employees would be able to work otherwise. Additionally, the UPS Hub forces the female employees to work in the back, while male employees are permitted to work in the front. The filers also suggest that the human resources system is inherently biased, and that “UPS has long been aware of these problems but has failed to take remedial measures to prevent or correct them.”
The filers of the suit have been identified as Galena Goins, Sonia Lopez, and Terry A. Jones-Jackson. And according to Bloomberg Law, Morena tends to favor employees he’s worked with previously at the UPS location in San Bruno.
And, according to the actual files for the lawsuit, there’s a detailed list of events and complaints from all three of the filers. Goins has a recent timeline of events, and the suit also claims that UPS hasn’t provided “any substantive guidance or development plan to meet the hours requirements imposed upon her in light of the dearth of work opportunities she faces. Instead, Ms. Goins is being pushed out.”
As for the disability discrimination claims, Lopez claims to have faced harassment after returning from medical leave. Before leave, her job description stated that “she was not to lift over 25 lbs.” Additionally, she had a doctor’s note saying she can lift no more than 10 lbs, or more than 5 lbs over her head, and that she must have a ten minute break every hour. Despite these medical requirements she has been required to handle 70-100+ lbs boxes, which she is unable to do. Lopez believes that this was meant in retaliation against her and her disability, and that she has been discriminated against and denied reasonable accommodation.
Jackson-Jones is an African American woman over the age of forty, and she discovered that her “ salary no longer matched up to her as her male colleagues; she had not been promoted with her peers, nor had she received the corresponding salary increase that should have accompanied her anticipated promotion.” The only key difference between her and her peers is that these co-workers are male.