Presrite to Pay $700K to Settle Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
May 4, 2013
Presrite Corporation, a Cleveland-based industrial parts manufacturer, will reportedly pay $700,000 to settle a class action gender discrimination lawsuit, according to an EEOC press release that Riverside, California-based attorney Vincent Howard has been following.
According to the EEOC lawsuit, Presrite is responsible for widespread gender discrimination against female applicants. The EEOC found that the company consistently denied female applicants entry level positions at the company's three plants--instead giving the jobs to less-qualified male applicants. The commission also found that many women who were hired in entry level positions experienced harassment. One female employee claimed that her male colleagues told her that women should not work at the plant, drew pictures of her that were degrading, called her derogatory names, and told her she should open her uniform to show her chest for a photo.
The company was also charged with failing to keep employee data and applications--another violation of federal law. Presrite reportedly failed to produce more than a thousand employment applications for workers that the company hired, and also did not maintain information about the applicants that was accurate--making it impossible for the EEOC to properly identify the large number female applicants who were illegally denied employment because of their gender.
According to Vincent Howard, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination based on sex is against the law. Title VII also mandates that employers must create and keep employment records that are relevant to whether or not an employer has engaged in practices that are unlawful--which includes hiring discrimination based on gender.
Under the terms of the settlement, Presrite will pay $700,0000 in compensatory damages and must also establish a class fund for female applicants who looked for employment at the company but were denied equal opportunities. For the next three years, the company must also provide employment to no less than forty women who were identified by the EEOC during the processing of claims. Presrite is compelled under the decree to give these female applicants direct employment consideration before offering jobs to anyone else. The company must also create a number of anti discrimination measures to prevent sex discrimination in the hiring process and workplace in the future.
In South Gate, Chino Hills, and Garden Grove, California, contact Vincent Howard today, to discuss your California labor and employment rights. Call us at 1-800-872-5925 to schedule a free consultation about your gender discrimination issue.
Presrite Corporation to Pay $700,000 and Offer 40 Jobs to Settle EEOC Class Action Lawsuit, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, April 30, 2013
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