Minnesota Women awarded $130,000 after suing Saudi prince who refused female drivers

Thursday 28th Jan 2016

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Three women from Minnesota have been awarded $130,000 each in a gender discrimination case against a Saudi Prince Abdul-Rahman bin Abdul-Aziz.

Gretchen Cooper, Barbara Herold and Lisa Boutelle were dismissed them from their chauffeur jobs because the Prince did not not want female drivers – the lawsuit stated that the Saudi prince and his entourage told three limousine companies contracted to provide transportation during his month-long visit that they wanted only male drivers.

Judge Joan Erickson awarded Cooper, Herold and Boutelle $100,000 each for mental anguish and suffering, as well as $30,000 for loss of wages. The women did not receive punitive damages because the judge concluded that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the Prince had acted with deliberate disregard and malice.


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