Associated Press, Judge in Minnesota rules in favor of female chauffeurs, Al Jazeera

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

The women — Gretchen Cooper, Barbara Herold and Lisa Boutelle — were among 40 drivers hired in October 2010 to chauffeur Prince Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz, his family and friends while he was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, about 90 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

The lawsuit names Abdul-Rahman and three U.S.-based limousine companies, which, the suit claims, were told by the prince and his entourage that they wanted male chauffeurs. Women in Saudi Arabia are prohibited from driving.

The three women filed a gender discrimination lawsuit in 2012 in Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports that two of the three companies involved have settled with the women. The other company, Crown Prince Limousine, remains a defendant.

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