A federal judge ordered Workplace Staffing Solutions, LLC. to pay $179,000 as a result of losing a gender discrimination lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“) after settlement talks broke down. Taking a discrimination case to trail is always a risk and in this case the company lost. It is usually better to try and settle cases before risking a trial. According to the complaint filed in federal court by the EEOC, the company failed to hire six women for the position of residential temporary trashcan collector (“RTCC”) positions.
The details of the complaint filed by the EEOC are as follows. In September 2012, Workplace Staffing prevented qualified females, including Jonika Walton, from applying for an open RTCC position. Walton was told by a company representative the position was a “male-only” job. I know that is hard to believe that the company was make such a ridiculous claim. Those types of statements will cause your company to lose a discrimination case in all instances. The court also found that Workplace Staffing denied at least five other qualified women the opportunity to apply for such positions because of their gender. Workplace Staffing told one woman it had only “industrial jobs that are usually for men,” while another was told that the RTCC job was “more of a job for a guy.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for employers to refuse to hire any individual because of their gender. Men and women must be given the same opportunities and cannot be treated different. In addition, in Illinois a person who is the victim of discrimination could also file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“). Damages available to a person who is the victim of discrimination include actual lost wages, future lost wages, attorney fees, court costs, damage for emotional distress and the person could get their job back.