The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is warning employers that they can't use employment agencies to skirt anti-discrimination law.
The EEOC sued Advantage Staffing Inc., saying it complied with such employers' requests as "no females" and "no employees with accents." A federal judge ordered Advantage to notify its clients and employees of a court order that it not consider sex, race, ethnic origin, religion or disability when placing applicants. (EEOC v. Advantage Staffing Inc., No. 00-71547, E.D. Mich., 2000)
The EEOC says it will "aggressively pursue" lawsuits whenever it finds employers making discriminatory requests of staffing firms.