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Construction firm flagged for sex bias settles for $300,000

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Lisa Drozdowski worked as a flagger for Danella Construction, which operates in 10 states, including Ohio. Drozdowski was often asked to help laborers perform other tasks on the job site.

But when she applied for a laborer position, which pays better, she was told the company did not hire women as laborers. When Drozdowski complained, the company cut her hours and eventually stopped using her altogether.

Drozdowski filed a complaint with the EEOC, which attempted to conciliate the matter. When those efforts failed, the EEOC filed suit.

Danella decided to settle before the matter went to a jury. Under the settlement, Drozdowski will receive $150,000, and three other women applicants will receive $50,000 each. Danella will change its policy of male-only laborers and fill the positions based on applicants’ abilities, not gender.

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