A former Ryder Truck Rental staffer dropped her lawsuit alleging she was harassed and discriminated against because of her gender in what she says is a male-dominated work field.
Lawyers for plaintiff Stephanie Krasho filed court papers Monday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kevin Brazile asking that the case be dismissed. The court papers did not state whether a settlement was reached or if Krasho is not pursuing the case for other reasons.
Krasho’s suit, brought in February 2019, also alleged she was wrongfully fired in 2017. Lawyers for Ryder denied any wrongdoing on the part of the company.
Now 37, Krasho was hired by Ryder in April 2010 as a licensing administrator after having previously worked for the company as a temporary employee, her suit stated.
Krasho suffers from manic depression and was granted time off in 2014 to deal with her problem, according to her court papers.
Also 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 stated.
In 2015 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 stated.
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 stated.
Male employees referred to Krasho as “princess,” the suit stated.
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 stated.
“Krasho felt her job was threatened and was distressed by the instructions,” the suit stated.
Krasho said she later received a negative write-up and, in February 2017, and was excluded from a training opportunity. The suit said human resources personnel later told Krasho that her complaints “lacked merit” and she was later suspended.
Krasho said 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.”