UPS driver files race and gender discrimination lawsuit

Michelle Keahey Dec. 4, 2012, 7:42am

NEW ORLEANS - A driver for United Parcel Service has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming she was allegedly passed over for training and extra hours due to her race and gender.

Olinda F. Lawrence filed the lawsuit against UPS Inc. on Nov. 16 in federal court in New Orleans.

Lawrence, a 45 year old black female, has been employed with UPS since June 2004, with her most recent position as a part-time driver. She claims that since 2007, her seniority has been ignored and she has been denied the ability to train, gain experience and earn extra hours.

"The Defendant gave this work to white males under the age of 40 and disregarded the Plaintiff's seniority," the lawsuit states.

Lawrence reported the conduct of the defendant to defendant's employee hot line and filed formal complaints with EEOC.

The defendant is accused of committing age, race and gender discrimination and retaliating against Lawrence when she complained of these alleged practices.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for back pay, non-pecuniary losses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, lowered self-esteem and humiliation, court costs, and interest.

Lawrence is represented by New Orleans attorney Lillian Thornton.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02789

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