Union Pacific Settles Discrimination Case

August 18, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The Union Pacific Corporation has agreed to a $67,500 settlement of a lawsuit filed over allegations that a female clerical worker in Oakland, California was driven out of her job after she had complained about being discriminated against.

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the US District Court case on behalf of Valerie McCarthy, a clerical worker with almost three decades of service for the Omaha, Nebraska-based rail carrier.

The EEOC litigation alleged that after complaining to the EEOC about being discriminated against, she was assigned tasks that she was not trained for and then given negative job ratings about her performance. As a result, she was later fired.

Under terms of the agreement, approved by US District Judge Charles Breyer, Union Pacific has agreed to train employees at its Oakland Intermodal Terminal to comply with federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

For up to 18 months, the company also agreed to give the EEOC information about its handling of retaliation complaints from employees.