A former Ryder Truck Rental staffer is suing her ex-employer, alleging she was harassed and discriminated against because of her gender in what she says is a male-dominated work field.
Stephanie Krasho’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit’s further alleges she was wrongfully fired by Ryder in 2017. Her additional allegations include retaliation, discrimination, harassment, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She seeks unspecified damages in the complaint filed Wednesday.
A Ryder representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the 35-year-old plaintiff’s suit.
Krasho, who has lived in Rancho Santa Margarita and Murrieta, says she was hired by Ryder in April 2010 as a licensing administrator after having previously worked for the company as a temporary employee. She suffers from manic depression and was granted time off in 2014 to deal with her problem, according to her court papers.
In 2014, Krasho reported to the company’s corporate tax department that a male fellow employee failed to charge sales tax without preparing the proper paperwork, the suit states. The next year, another male fellow employee made comments to a male colleague that noted Krasho was a woman in a male-dominated field and also “implied that Krasho might be problematic to the company because she had taken medical leave and reported potential violations to human resources,” the suit states.
Krasho also maintains her gender was held against her when she sought promotions.
“Defendants assumed that she lacked the mechanical knowledge to become a supervisor,” the suit says.
Male employees referred to Krasho as “princess,” the suit states.
In 2016, a female fellow employee made a false accusation that Krasho came to work under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the suit states. Krasho complained to human resources, but the department “did not act in a prompt manner to inform Krasho of any pending investigation or interviews,” according to the suit.
That same year, Krasho says she again complained to human resources, this time concerning potential violations of federal tire regulations regarding the company’s truck fleet. Immediately thereafter, Ryder reduced the plaintiff’s work responsibilities and “changed her work scheduled to times that she did not normally work,” according to the lawsuit.
In late 2016, a supervisor told Krasho not to report or communicate with human resources any issues that bothered her, the suit states.
“Krasho felt her job was threatened and was distressed by the instructions,” the suit says.
Krasho says she later received a negative write-up and, in February 2017, and was excluded from a training opportunity. The suit says human resources personnel later told Krasho that her complaints “lacked merit” and she was later suspended.
Krasho says she told her supervisors in September 2017 that she was pregnant.
She claims the harassment continued until November 2017, when she was fired on false allegations related to the company’s dress code. She had changed her attire because she gained weight after becoming pregnant, the suit states.
“The dress code was not enforced in the same fashion on male employees,” according to the suit. “Krasho felt targeted and unfairly scrutinized.”