UPS Face Class Action Over Alleged Sexual Discrimination
According to a proposed class action lawsuit, UPS has an “old boys’ club” culture in which female employees, particularly those over the age of 40, face systemic age as well as gender discrimination.
Old Boys’ Club Norm
The lawsuit, which was filed against United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) and Ricardo Moreno, a coordinator at UPS’ Oakland, California hub, claims that female employees face a pervasive double standard and frequently report to work uncertain of their position and whether they will be demoted regardless of seniority.
According to the UPS Women Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit, female UPS employees, particularly those perceived as “outwardly feminine,” are required to demonstrate their commitment to UPS in ways that no other employee is and are subject to a standard operating procedure that prevents them from being promoted to supervisory roles and earning overtime regardless of performance.
UPS fails to compensate these women fairly for their seniority and, in doing so, leaves a permanent mark on their careers, adding that the options available to women at UPS are sometimes pointless.
Concerning Moreno, the lawsuit states that he is the “chief harasser,” encouraging other UPS supervisors to undermine and single out women he believes are too feminine to perform more work.
Additionally, the case contends that Moreno assigns supervisors to perform in violation of UPS policy in order to deprive female employees of time on the clock as part of a broader practice of harassment and discrimination against women.
The UPS Women Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit asserts that female UPS employees who speak up about unfair treatment “risk isolation,” i.e., assignment to areas with workflows that are too heavy for a single person, and the possibility of being driven out of their employment if they fail to reach the new, impossibly high standards.
UPS’ policies and practices, the lawsuit argues, are symbolic of the “old boys’ club” that dominates corporate culture, inhibits female advancement, and prejudices women. As a result, when female employees raise concerns about workplace culture, they face the repercussions mentioned earlier.
The lawsuit argues that employees who are eligible for paid time off or a flexible work schedule that allows employees to go part-time to care for family members without fear of consequences are vulnerable.
Additionally, the case asserts that women are frequently denied the opportunity to satisfy UPS’ workload standards upon their return from leave and frequently find themselves without enough work to achieve employee expectations.
UPS, the lawsuit argues, has been aware of these issues for a long period of time but has failed to take remedial efforts to prevent or fix them.
Ricardo Moreno Prefers Men
According to the UPS Women Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit, UPS allows younger employees to work double shifts while employees, such as the plaintiffs, have struggled for years to obtain the same hours. Additionally, the claim alleges that older female employees are required to wait in a designated location, whereas younger employees are permitted to proceed directly to their assigned work area.
Concerning Moreno, the plaintiffs argue that he prefers men and selects all men who worked previously at the San Bruno hub for jobs in his area, even though such positions are meant to be available to people with a high level of seniority.
In general, the lawsuit alleges that UPS has a broader culture that reinforces the notion that older women are less capable and committed to their employment due to a reportedly male-dominated hierarchy.
The three plaintiffs seek to represent all female UPS employees who worked in the U.S. between November 9, 2017, until the date of the case’s judgment. Additionally, the complaint seeks to encompass any female UPS employees in the U.S. who were over the age of 40 and/or disabled between November 9, 2017, and the day of judgment.
Editor’s Note on UPS Women Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit against UPS over allegations that the company has an “old boys’ club” culture that discriminates against women regarding their age and gender. We also suggest you read the SpeedWay Pay Gap lawsuit.
Case Name & No.: Galena Goins et al. v. United Parcel Service, Inc., et al., Case No. 3:21-cv-08722
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Allegations: UPS has an “old boys’ club” culture in which female employees, particularly those over the age of 40, experience systemic gender and age discrimination
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