Question: Does your “Now Hiring” sign really mean “Now Hiring Men”? That appeared to be the case at an Ohio auto dealership, which just settled a sex-discrimination lawsuit with the EEOC. The dealership must pay out $2.3 million to a group of 39 female applicants who were denied sales jobs.
The dealership must also conduct anti-discrimination training for its managers and post information about the decree with a note stating, “We encourage qualified females to apply for employment.” (EEOC v. Jeff Wyler Eastgate Inc., S.D. Ohio, No. 1:03-CV-662, consent decree approved 4/5/07). To read more about the case, click here.
Lesson Learned ... Without Going to Court:
Train managers on how to conduct legally sound interviews to avoid lawsuits ... don’t wait for a lawsuit to push you into action!