Saturday, March 07, 2009

Trucking Company to Support Women in Trucking

YRC Inc. and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced an agreement last week providing for an expanded recruitment program.

The agreement ends an investigation by the EEOC into YRC’s hiring practices for truck driving and dock worker positions, with respect to women, African Americans, and Hispanics.

The investigation concluded without a finding that YRC violated federal employment laws, and YRC did not admit liability or wrongdoing. The EEOC and America’s largest over-the-road trucking company expect the agreement to increase the diversity of YRC’s truck driving and dock employees’ workforce.

YRC will expand its diversity efforts and hiring programs for women and minorities. YRC has agreed to:

Expand its sponsorship of Women in Trucking, an organization established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry;

Continue its “Diversity Days” initiative, an innovative program bringing together community and good faith placement agencies and human resources personnel to promote minority hiring;

Enhance YRC’s recruiting efforts generally through a variety of measures to increase community awareness of opportunities at YRC for women, African Americans and Hispanics;

Provide new training to its managers designed to identify and remove unintentional yet significant barriers to hiring women and minorities into dockworker and driver positions; and

Improve the work environment for women and minorities at YRC facilities.

"Everyone recognized that certain structural and perceptual barriers still exist to hiring in the trucking industry, particularly for women," noted James G. Kissinger, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for YRC’s parent company, YRC Inc. "YRC has implemented and will continue to implement better recruiting and hiring practices," he added.

YRC Worldwide Inc., a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest transportation service providers in the world, is the holding company for a portfolio of successful brands including YRC, Reimer Express, YRC Logistics, New Penn, Holland, Reddaway, Moore, Yellow Transportation and Roadway. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, it employs approximately 55,000 people.

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal employment laws prohibiting discrimination based on disability, race, color, gender (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), religion, national origin, age, and retaliation. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at

Denver employment attorney Kim Ryan handles similar race and sex discrimination cases in Colorado at The Ryan Law Firm, LLC, and can be reached at

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