Penske Logistics agrees to offer jobs to 99 women as part of discrimination settlement

Penske Logistics LLC has agreed to pay $350,000 in back wages and offer jobs to 99 women to settle an allegation that the company discriminated against female job applicants at its Shelbyville warehouse.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the discrimination took place between Jan. 1, 2016, and Oct. 11, 2016. The incidents were discovered as part of a routine compliance evaluation conducted by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Penske Logistics is a federal contractor.

“The U.S. Department of Labor and Penkse Logistics have reached a fair settlement that provides remedies to the affected class and guarantees that, going forward, qualified applicants of both genders will have the opportunity to compete on a level field for good jobs,” said Carmen Navaroo, acting Midwest regional director in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, in a prepared statement.

For its part, the company says it did nothing wrong in what it describes as “past hiring practices” at the Shelbyville site, which employs about 470.

“While Penske Logistics admits no wrongdoing and it denies any allegations of discrimination, the company has elected to settle the matter rather than incur additional legal costs fighting the case,” the company said in a statement emailed to IBJ. “Penske Logistics remains committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment.”

As part of the settlement, Penske Logistics has agreed to pay back wages to 185 female applicants and to extend warehouse worker job offers to 99 female class members at the Shelbyville facility.

The Shelbyville facility is a warehouse operation for Penske Logistics, which operates more than 415 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Penke Logistics is a subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, which operates a fleet of more than 316,000 vehicles in North America. Both companies are based in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Penske Truck Leasing was founded in 1969 by Roger Penske, whose racing team won its 18th Indianapolis 500 race this year with driver Simon Pagenaud.

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