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Judge sides with female drivers in discrimination complaint

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 10:10 AM


A federal judge has ruled in favour of three women who sued after they were dismissed from their chauffeur jobs because a Saudi prince wanted only male drivers.

The women were among 40 drivers hired in October 2010 to chauffeur Prince Abdul-Rahman bin Abdul-Aziz, his family and friends while the prince was treated at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

The lawsuit said the prince and his entourage told the limousine companies that they wanted male chauffeurs. Women in Saudi Arabia are prohibited from driving.

Gretchen Cooper, Barbara Herold and Lisa Boutelle filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit in 2012.

The Star Tribune reports two of the three companies involved have settled with the women. Crown Prince Limousine remained a defendant.

Rochester is about 90 miles (145 kilometres) southeast of Minneapolis.