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Press Release 05-24-2019

EEOC Sues Stan Koch & Sons Trucking for Retaliation

Trucking Company Refused to Rehire Former Employee Because She Filed a Charge of Sex Discrimination, Federal Agency Claims

Minneapolis, MN - Stan Koch & Sons Trucking violated federal law by refusing to rehire a former employee because she filed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge, the agency charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Stan Koch & Sons Trucking refused to allow a former employee to apply for re-employment because she had filed an EEOC charge of sex discrimination against the company.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination, including retaliation for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. The EEOC filed suit, EEOC v. Stan Koch & Sons Trucking, Inc., Civil Action No. 0:19-cv-1371 in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

"Employers cannot retaliate against individuals for engaging in the EEOC process," said Julianne Bowman, the EEOC's district director in Chicago. "The Commission will take the necessary actions to protect the right of employees who file EEOC charges without fear of retaliation by their employers."

"Refusing to hire an individual because she filed an EEOC charge is retaliation," said Gregory Gochanour, EEOC's regional attorney in Chicago. "That is the law, and the EEOC will hold employers accountable if they violate it."

The EEOC's Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

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