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Cable firm’s clear signal: Best to settle bias suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Hiring,Human Resources

After initially refusing to settle a sex discrimination case alleging the company would not hire female technicians, Parma-based Digital Cable and Communications seems to finally get the picture.

Several women sued the cable company, claiming they lost out on jobs to less-qualified male applicants.

Facing litigation, the company elected to settle, paying $75,000 to the women who were denied jobs. The company has agreed to a five-year consent decree under which it will make a proactive effort to fill technician positions with women and train all employees about sex discrimination.

Note: Most jobs can be performed by either sex. Hiring through the prism of outdated gender roles can only lead to problems. Hire the most qualified person for the job. It’s the best move for your company on many levels.

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