Trucking Company Fined $65K for Refusing to Give Ohio Employee the Sabbath Off

June 21, 2024

Nationwide automotive hauling and logistics company Wheeler Trucking, doing business as Wheeler Trucking Inc. and Wheeler Logistics, Inc. will pay $65,000 and furnish equitable relief to settle a race and religion lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Wheeler subjected Charles R. Lynch, III, a Torah Observant employee at its Sheffield, Ohio, location to discrimination when they revoked his religious accommodation that would have allowed him to continue having Saturdays off to observe the Sabbath. The company also exposed Lynch, who is Israeli, to unlawful harassment that included likening him to a terrorist and mocking his religious beliefs.

Such alleged conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits discrimination because of race and religion and retaliation. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Wheeler in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division (EEOC v. Wheeler Trucking, et al., 1:23-cv-01874), after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its administrative process.

The decree resolving the EEOC’s lawsuit, in addition to monetary relief, enjoins Wheeler from discriminating and retaliating against employees and provides for periodic reporting and monitoring by the EEOC as well as training requirements.

Source: EEOC

Topics Ohio Trucking

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