HR Strange But True!
March 22, 2012

It was International Women’s Day, but an international trucking company let a female driver go because she had to stop at a McDonald's to go.

A rule of the Australian trucking corporation employing the woman states that drivers cannot stop while delivering a load.

Does this company rule deny truck drivers the right to make any stops while driving, even if they have to go to a restroom or feel sick—and does the rule discriminate against women?

Fellow workers, unions, and even the mayor of Los Angeles think so and are rallying behind a working mother who was terminated for supposedly taking an emergency bathroom break at a McDonald's while on duty as a delivery truck driver, according to a press release by the Teamsters union, which has joined with the Australian Transport Workers Union to organize Los Angeles employees of the multinational Toll Group, which the employer is fighting.

The press release maintains that the woman, one of only two females out of 75 truck drivers, could not wait until her destination to use a toilet, and that her firing was discriminatory against her as a female, and also retaliatory because she was perceived as being pro-union.

The Australian quotes a representative for Toll as denying the allegations, stating that when the driver made her stop, she “abandoned” her loaded truck in a no-parking zone on the side of a highway and actually did not use the restroom at McDonald's, but only ordered a sandwich. “Bullying and threatening employees goes completely against Toll’s values,” said the rep.

Reportedly, the driver will file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Blimey, looks like this “he said, she said” situation may wind up in court.


The Australian

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