A federal district court judge ruled Prime Inc. violated part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a policy that dictated only men train men to be drivers and that only women could train women.
The Springfield-based trucking company put the policy in place in 2004 and suspended it in March 2013, pending the outcome of the case. Deanna Clouse brought the case against Prime after she tried to enroll in the company’s driver training program in 2009 but was put on a waiting list because no female instructor was available. No such list existed for men.
The judge denied a motion to rule on damages for those affected by the policy, but that doesn’t mean damages can’t be assessed in the future.