Female road pilots being discriminated against at truckstops
A FEMALE road pilot says she and other women are being discriminated against when they attempt to use truck stop showers, with some workers even suggesting prostitution was taking place.
East Coast Pilot and Escort Service driver Ali Murray said she had often had trouble gaining access to showers, but her most recent experience at the Caltex Truckstop in north Rockhampton had been particularly humiliating.
"I did the normal thing, went in and asked for a shower," she said.
"There happened to be a male pilot in front of me asking for a shower. He was in his civvies, so he wasn't even in his work clothes, and they had no qualms handing him the key and they didn't say another word to him.
"I did the exact same thing, but she looked me up and down and basically wasn't going to give me the key, she said 'who are you and where are you from?' and I told her I was a pilot."