Woman Settles In Sex Discrimination Suit

April 23, 1991|By Angela Gambill | Angela Gambill,Staff writer

A Riviera Beach woman has agreed to a confidential settlement with the Howard County trash-hauling company she was suing for $45,000 in back pay, claiming she was dismissed unfairly from her truck driver's job because of her gender.

"I have no comment on the agreement. I agreed to keep it a secret," Dawn Munday said of the settlement her attorney reached Friday with Waste Management of Maryland Inc.

Munday had claimed she was the subject of verbal abuse and sexualjokes and had to pick up her truck keys and work assignments from the men's bathroom-locker room at the company's Elkridge truck yard.

The firm claimed Munday, 30, was dismissed because she violated company policy by leaving work without permission.

Phil O'Shaughnessy,a lawyer for Waste Management, said he couldn't reveal any terms of the agreement, such as a money settlement or whether Munday would return to work for the company.

"The terms are things which we've allagreed not to reveal. I can say that at least from my perspective, everyone is happy and satisfied and looking forward to the future," O'Shaughnessy said.

"The matter has been resolved, and any qualifiedwomen who want to apply as truck drivers are welcome to apply," he added.

Munday, the only female truck driver at Waste Management, claimed she was unfairly fired May 30, 1989. She had worked for the company since December 1986.

She testified to the Howard County Commission that here work assignments and keys were hung on a board withinview of the urinals, toilets and shower stall.

By the time of thehearing, the company had made certain thatits facilities were gender-neutral, and the company continues to maintain them, O'Shaughnessy said.

James Henson, lawyer for the Howard County Commission on Human Rights, which represented Munday, said he was "happy for Dawn Munday" and pleased with the conciliation agreement.

"Whether she'll goback to work, we'll know more about that in the future," he said.

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