Outback Steakhouse Sexual Discrimination Settlement--$19 Million for Female Employees
January 5, 2010
Our Anaheim, California Employment Lawyers have been following the recent news of the $19 million class action sexual discrimination lawsuit settlement between OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC and thousands of female employees at hundreds of the private company's Outback Steakhouse nationwide restaurants.
The case claimed that OSI engaged in employment discrimination against female workers and denied the women equal opportunities for advancement.
According to the gender discrimination lawsuit, filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2006, thousands of women endured a 'glass ceiling' practice at Outback, and were consistently denied promotions to profit sharing management positions in the restaurants that were at a higher level. The female employees were also reportedly denied favored job assignments, which included kitchen management--the job that was a requirement for any employee to be eligible for higher management positions.
In addition to the $19 million in monetary relief, Outback will furnish remedial relief in the settlement, including creating an online application system for employees who have interest in managerial and supervisory positions, employing an outside consultant to determine company compliance with the decree for two years, as well as reporting to the EEOC every six months to ensure that women are being provided equal opportunities for female promotion.
The 19$ million in monetary relief will be distributed through a claims process by sending letters to female workers who were employed by Outback restaurants from 2002 until now, for at least three or more years.
The EEOC stated that class lawsuits like this one will hopefully remind employers about the consequences of sexual discrimination and preventing the advancement of females in an employment setting. The EEOC also encourages women who experienced gender discrimination by Outback to come forward to receive the monetary relief, as well as take advantage of the new promotion application initiative at Outback.
According to the company website, Outback Steakhouse is inspired by the adventurous spirit of Australia, and was originally founded in 1988 in Tampa, Florida. There are reportedly more than 950 Outback restaurants worldwide.
At Howard Law, PC in Anaheim, California, our qualified lawyers are experienced in helping employees who have experiences sexual discrimination in the workplace. Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.
Outback Steakhouse To Pay $19 Million For Sex Bias Against Women in 'Glass Ceiling' Suit by EEOC, EEOC Press Release, December 29, 2009
Outback Steakhouse Settles Sexual-Discrimination Suit for $19 Million, The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2009
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