Truck Driver, Firm Settle In Discrimination Suit

Woman Was Fired By Trash Hauler In May '89

April 24, 1991|By Angela Gambill | Angela Gambill,Contributing writer

An Anne Arundel County woman has agreed to a confidential settlementwith the Howard County trash-hauling company she sued for $45,000 inback pay over a claim that she was dismissed from her truck driver'sjob because of her gender.

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

Munday, of Riviera Beach, had claimed she was the subject of verbal abuse and sexual jokes 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 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 all agreed not to reveal. I can

say that at least frommy perspective, everyone is happy and satisfied and looking forward to the future," O'Shaughnessy said.

"The matter has been resolved,and any qualified women 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 on Human Rights that work assignments and keys were hung on a board within view of the urinals, toilets and shower stall.

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

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

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

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