Va. Trucker's Sex-Bias Claim to be Heard by Appeals Court

April 12, 2010

A federal appeals court has ordered a trial for a Virginia woman who said she was fired by a trucking company based on her gender.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond concluded Friday that Deborah Merritt is entitled to a trial on her claim she was fired from the Lynchburg terminal of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. in February 2005 because of her gender.

The North Carolina trucking company said Merritt was fired because she was unable to perform the job. A lower court sided with Old Dominion Freight.

In reversing the lower court finding, the appeals panel said Merritt is entitled to a hearing on her sex-discrimination claim.

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