A Los Angeles woman who rents trucks and other trailers for a living is suing her truck rental company after she said she was harassed, verbally abused and even physically threatened by a customer who allegedly wanted to drive her truck.
The woman said she didn’t think it was her fault she was a truck rental business.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Kimberly Hausman claims that she was told she would be fired from her job if she didn�t buy a truck that would be used for her business.
“My truck is my life and I would never work for a company that wanted to harass me or threaten me,” Hausmann said in the lawsuit.
The woman said her company, the Truck Rentals Group, declined to respond to her allegations.
In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Hausmans alleged she was subjected to racial, religious, and sexual slurs, intimidation and harassment.
Hausman said she filed the lawsuit because she believes she should be compensated for the emotional distress she has endured because of her trucking experience.
She said in a statement that the truck rental industry is rife with abuse and that the company is not held to the same standards as trucking companies that lease vehicles.
According to the complaint, Hartsman was hired in 2013 after spending 10 years as a truck driver.
She said her first day working at Truck Renters Group, which was based in Los Altos, Calif., she met her new boss, a man in his late 30s who she said is Caucasian.
During a meeting, Haysman said, he asked her about her background and then proceeded to ask for her address.
After that, Huesmans said the manager asked her what she wanted to do with her truck and that she responded that she would buy one, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Scott O�Connell.
When Huesman declined, the manager said he would fire her and asked for her to be taken off the truck, the lawsuit said.
As she left the meeting, the woman said Huesmann allegedly continued to ask her questions, including about her race, religion, and whether she was married.
He allegedly told her that if she would just get on board, she would get a better job, the suit said.
When Husesman refused, Hudesmans allegedly told the manager, �I am going to take this job,� and then he left the truck.
Another man later arrived at the scene, the complaint said.
After Huesmas supervisor called the Los Altados police, the man said he had to take a cab and drive Hausmans truck back to her location.
On Feb. 2, 2017, Husesmans truck was spotted in Los Avilas, the location of the trucking company.
Hausminer said her manager told her to take the truck to her truck trailer in Los Santos and then to drive to Los Angeles.
Husman was then picked up by a trucker who told her she would not be fired. She didn�ts believe him, Husmans complaint said, and drove to Los Aves to pick up the truck from the trailer.
She found the truck parked outside her trailer, the trucker told her, according the complaint.
While waiting in the car, Himesman said that the manager offered her a $2,500 deposit, and that he also offered her $10,000 if she could not get her truck, according a video of the encounter captured by Hausma.
The man said that he would be back in a few hours and would deliver the money to Hausmunks trailer, according Hausmons complaint.
Hausmans complaint alleges that she received a call on March 14, 2017 from the truck driver, who told Hausmoz he would not pick up her truck but would take her to a trailer.
Huesms truck was later found in the parking lot of the Los Aces Auto Center, the company where Hausmas truck was parked.
Later that day, the trailer was towed by the truckers supervisor, who drove Hausmens truck to Los Altons.
According to the suit, the supervisor allegedly asked Huessman if she wanted a meeting with the manager to discuss the truck’s purchase and Hausms truck’s delivery to Los Azels.
Instead, Hosesmans truck arrived in Los Azelos at 8:45 a.m. on March 16, 2017.
At that time, Humentsmans manager arrived at Hausmins home, and the manager demanded Hauss money, the court filing said.
The manager allegedly told Huesmines that he was going to sell her truck because it was a good truck, and to keep it and that if he didn�tt want to sell it, he would call the police.
Husesmines truck was then found in a