Plastic container manufacturer IFCO Systems US, Inc. and staffing agency MTIL, Inc. are the defendants in a proposed class action lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleges female laborers working in IFCO’s warehouse are subject to gender discrimination.
The suit explains MTIL is one of several staffing agencies with which IFCO contracts to staff its warehouses with temporary employees, who the case says fill roles ranging from production positions to forklift drivers. The plaintiff was one such employee, the lawsuit says, working at IFCO as a direct hire from September 2012 through September 2013 and as a contracted employee between 2014 and 2016.
According to the case, the plaintiff and similarly situated female laborers were denied certain assignments in IFCO’s warehouse solely on the basis of their gender. Some of the positions for which the plaintiff claims she and other female laborers were not eligible were higher paying roles, the suit continues, with many ending up “predominantly restricted to available positions within the product line.” From the complaint:
“For example, throughout [the plaintiff’s] employment at the IFCO warehouse, [the plaintiff] and other similarly situated female employees were denied the opportunity to work as forklift drivers at the IFCO warehouse because of their gender, female.
The forklift driver position at IFCO paid higher wages and provided greater earning potential than other positions for which female laborers were eligible.”