Officials for Scully and Ryder are under fire after using racially and ethnically insensitive terms as well as treating minorities less favorably and firing them after they filed complaints. Scully Distribution Services and Ryder System Inc., the company which purchased Scully, have been accused of engaging in wide-ranging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against non-white employees of the company. The EEOC announced on September 30th that they were filing a lawsuit against the California based trucking company.
According to the EEOC, Scully management has been exhibiting racially insensitive behavior since 2003. They used derogatory terms for non-white employees, and also gave non-white employees less favorable assignments. Workers who reported these differences in treatment or the verbal abuse were promptly terminated. Ryder System, Inc. assumed ownership of Scully in early 2011, making them also liable for the discrimination at issue.
The EEOC attempted to make a pre-litigation settlement, but has resorted to filing a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages to the class, back pay for victims of retaliatory firing, and injunctive relief intended to eliminate and prevent the discrimination that was present in the workplace.