Odessa Woman Wins $600,000 Verdict in Sex Discrimination Case Against UPS
Midland attorneys Holly Williams, Brian Carney secure win for former delivery
MIDLAND, Texas, Feb. 25, 2013
MIDLAND, Texas, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A federal court jury in Midland,
Texas, has awarded a $600,000 verdict against United Parcel Service (UPS) in a
sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a former driver for the
The verdict represents the culmination of a four-year legal battle between
Odessa resident Amber Ibarra and Atlanta-based UPS (NYSE:UPS). The company
fired Ms. Ibarra in 2009 after she was involved in an on-the-job
single-vehicle accident, although she argued that the accident was simply an
excuse, and that she actually was fired because she is a woman. The jury
agreed, awarding a six-figure verdict against UPS.
"We always felt that if we could get a jury of Amber's peers to hear this
case, to hear what happened to her, and how she was treated, we would be
fine," says Midland attorney Holly Williams of the Williams Law Firm, P.C.,
who represented Ms. Ibarra at trial along with attorney Brian Carney. "The
jurors agreed with us that women should be treated equally in the workplace,
and I believe they intended to send a message with their verdict."
In the 2009 accident, Ms. Ibarra was driving a UPS truck when it hopped a curb
and hit a telephone pole, causing no injuries. Trial witnesses testified that
several male UPS drivers from the same facility in Odessa were allowed to keep
their jobs despite being in far worse accidents, including two accidents
involving fatalities and others involving serious injuries.
Trial testimony also showed that UPS managers gave Ms. Ibarra more packages to
deliver than her male counterparts, including one incident when a manager set
aside six 100-pound packages for Ms. Ibarra to deliver between 9:30 and 10
p.m. even though she was pregnant at the time.
Jurors also heard how Ms. Ibarra and other women at the Odessa facility were
subjected to a pattern of repeated insults and harassment based on their
gender, including testimony that male managers did not want women working at
UPS based on their perception that women were weaker and slower and because
they had menstrual periods.
Williams Law Firm, P.C. is a boutique law firm in Midland, Texas, dedicated to
representing companies and individuals in the Permian Basin who want to
prevent and resolve workplace issues. Holly Williams is board certified in
Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For more
information, visit http://www.williamslawpc.com.
For more information on the sex discrimination case against UPS, please
contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Williams Law Firm, P.C.
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