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The women claimed in their lawsuit that their complaints were not taken seriously because they were women. They also felt their gender was the reason nothing was done to correct or stop the behavior of the mechanic. The court determined that the behavior of the mechanic created an intolerable workplace that prevented these women from being able to go into work. The court also determined that the school district was aware of the problem and did nothing to stop it.
They furthered their case by presenting evidence that there were no women with any power of authority in the entire school district. They asserted that the entire district was an “old boys club’ where the harassment of the female drivers was acceptable. Of the 42 bus drivers in the district, 24 were women. Of those 24, 10 had filed written complaints about the same mechanic. There were no complaints made by male bus drivers.
This case settled just weeks prior to the scheduled jury trial date. Between the case being filed and the settlement being made, the women suffered further bullying and harassment. The district agreed to pay out $425,000. The district was aware that the facts of the case were on the women’s side, and they may have lost even more if they had let it be determined by the court.
Personal injury lawsuits make up the majority of all civil litigation. These are also called tort claims. Tort claims involve an injury to person or property because of a deliberate action by another person or entity. In the case described above, the women were claiming to be personally injured by the school district because of their refusal to protect them from the bully mechanic.
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