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Cherryville builder settles sex bias suit for $200K

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Cherryville-based R-Anell Housing has agreed to a $200,000 settlement with the EEOC after the company refused to hire female applicants. According to the EEOC, the modular home building company maintains a sex-segregated workplace that “has the effect of denying female employees equal employment opportunities.”

During its investigation, the EEOC discovered that R-Anell had not preserved applications and personnel records as required by federal law.

The settlement covers back pay and compensatory damages for female workers and applicants. Also under the agreement, the EEOC will monitor R-Anell for the next four years to ensure it does not discriminate based on gender.

Note: Employers should be aware that many employee records must be maintained until years after the employee has left the job. Employers should develop policies and procedures to preserve records and to dispose of them in a way that does not reveal confidential information.

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