Three women have won a discrimination case as chauffeurs who were hired, then dismissed as one of a group of 40 drivers to chauffeur a Saudi prince and his entourage around. While the prince was in the U.S. being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota he only wanted male drivers for him and his entourage. It was because Prince Abdul-Rahman bin Abdul-Aziz insisted on only men chauffeurs that these three women were taken off the job.
According to The Spread It on January 31, the judge in this case sent a message the the trio of limousine companies in this lawsuit. That message was heard loud and clear that you cannot discriminate against women in the good old USA! Despite the prince taking offense with women chauffeurs, this is America.
In Saudi Arabia women are not aloud to drive, so apparently a woman chauffeuring his entourage and family around would be offensive. Since the Saudi prince came to America to get the undisclosed treatment he was after, he should been given the choice of dismissing women drivers.
Each of the three female chauffeurs were awarded $100,000 by the judge in this discrimination case. They were also each awarded another $30,000, which was double the amount they asked for in lost wages over their dismissal from the princes’ driving gig. According to ABC News, two of the three limousine companies in this lawsuit have already settled with the women.
The third company, Crown Prince Limousine, which is owned by Mohamed Ali Ebashir, has “remained a defendant” and is still battling this in court. Lisa Stratton, one of the attorney’s representing the women said:
“The key issue for us is people know now that it is not legal in the state of Minnesota or the United States to discriminate because your customer asks you to. When you do business in the United States, the law of the United States applies.”