In Spartanburg, South Carolina, Kenan Transport, LCC, one of the biggest tanker/bulk haulers operating in the U.S., was sued for violating the federal law. The company is now facing a lawsuit due to allegedly discrimination and retaliation against one of their employees.
Reports state that Kenan Transport retaliated to Jessica Williams when she complained about the company discriminating her from work because of being pregnant. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an agency responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination, then filed a lawsuit against the company.
According to EEOC’s alleges, Jessica Williams worked at Kenan Transport as a terminal billing clerk, and discrimination began when Williams had a premature labor on February 23, 2012. Luckily, her doctor was able to treat and resolve the issue. The doctor then advised her to take a few days leave from work. When Williams went back to the trucking terminal to notify the terminal manager, she was told not to be allowed to resume work until she had given birth. At that time, she was yet seven and a half months pregnant.
Due to that incident, Williams complained to the company that she was discriminated because of being pregnant. Moreover, she expressed her intent of filing a case against the company for pregnancy discrimination charge. Earlier than expected, she gave birth on March 15, 2012.
In addition to EEOC’s alleges, Kenan Transport terminated Jessica Williams either due to pregnancy issues, or retaliation against her for complaining about pregnancy discrimination and intent of filing a case.
In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964, employers are prohibited to discriminate against pregnant employees, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Furthermore, employers are prohibited to retaliate against employees for complaining about discrimination, which is mandated by Title VII.
The regional attorney for the EEOC’c Charlotte District Office, Lynette A. Barnes said, “Working women who choose to have children cannot be forced to take leave because of their pregnancy. Employers must remember that adopting paternalistic attitudes toward pregnant employees can result in taking actions that violate the federal law. Employers must be careful to treat pregnant women as they do to other non-pregnant employees.”
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs. Kenan Transport, LLC is a lawsuit filed by the EEOC against the trucking company in the United States’ District of South Carolina, Spartanburg Division. Filing took place after EEOC’s first attempt via conciliation process to reach for pre-litigation process.
EEOC is now pushing the case to seek compensation for damages, punitive damages and back pay, and injunctive relief for Jessica Williams.
For more information about the company, Ken Transport, LLC is a subsidiary of The Kenan Advantage Group, Inc. The company has a network of trucking and trucking logistics entities with locations throughout the United States. It delivers refined petroleum products to gas stations and other end users, and employs more than 500 individuals nationwide.
In addition, it operates more than 6,500 trucks, while Kenan Transport has more than 900 trucks in the 2011 latest federal records. Kenan Transport is a Delaware trucking company that operates six terminals in South Carolina.