EEOC Alleges Ryder Company Drove Minorities Out With Discriminatory Practices

Managers at Fontana-based Scully Distribution Services “engaged in pervasive and wide-ranging discrimination, harassment and retaliation against a class of the companies’ non-white employees,” according to a federal lawsuit filed in Riverside by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Temecula Valley News reported on September 30, 2011, that the suit against the trucking company and its Miami-based parent, Ryder System Inc., alleges the discrimination took place throughout its operations in northern and southern California.

According to the EEOC, Scully management officials continually referred to black drivers as “n—-rs,” East Indian drivers as “Taliban” and “camel jockey,” and a Latino manager as “spic.” While the EEOC said the harassment had been occurring since at least 2003, the agency is arguing Ryder, which assumed ownership of the enterprise in February 2011, is also liable for the discrimination at issue in the case as a successor corporation, according to the Valley News. Workers who reported the disparity and harassment were met with retaliatory terminations, the EEOC said. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the class, back pay for victims of retaliatory discharge, and injunctive relief intended to eliminate and prevent the discrimination that permeated the working environment.

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