ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) – Three Upper Peninsula school bus drivers say in a gender discrimination lawsuit that their buses showed signs of tampering.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports Sandy Wanic, Jody Bergeon, and Sharon Curtin say tampering was discovered during a pre-trip inspection.

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The lawsuit filed late last year says the hood on Curtin’s bus was sealed shut with silicone; dip sticks on Bergeon’s bus were tied together; and Wanic had a paint dot put on an oil dip stick. The women say a mechanic also used a derogatory term to refer to a female bus driver.

Escanaba Area Public Schools denies allegations in the lawsuit.

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The women say in documents filed in Delta County Circuit Court that they complained to the district and had lost wages, lost benefits and emotional distress.


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