Debra Ring thought her chances for advancement at Roto-Rooter were just a pipe dream, and now she’s suing the national plumbing chain.
The Cincinnati woman, who alleges that Roto-Rooter has a “tangible glass ceiling” that limits advancement for women, has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the company systematically discriminates against women.
Ring claims that when she worked as a Roto-Rooter sales manager, she built up a large book of clients, only to have those sales duties taken away and given to a male sales manager who received a company car and an expense account.
Ring’s suit alleges that, out of 180 seniorpositions in the company, only one is held by a woman. She also claims she was demoted twice without cause and that women are systematically denied opportunities to become general managers, production managers or excavation managers.
The EEOC unsuccessfully attempted to conciliate the dispute, so now Ring is suing in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio.