The EEOC alleges Chanhassen-based PMT Corp. discriminated against older and female applicants for company sales positions. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the EEOC claims the company’s president and CEO specifically instructed the HR department not to hire women and people who graduated from college more than 10 years ago for sales positions.
The EEOC also alleges the company filed false theft charges against an employee who cooperated with the EEOC investigation.
According to EEOC investigators, the company hired 70 people from 2007 to 2010. Not one of them was a woman or over 40.
The CEO is quoted as saying that women in sales are a “100 percent failure.” He also allegedly claimed that women are a “failure at travel.”
The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief requiring PMT Corporation to adopt nondiscriminatory hiring practices.
It also seeks jobs for applicants who weren’t hired due to their gender, plus back pay and damages. For those the company refused to hire because of age, the EEOC seeks employment, plus double back pay because the discrimination was willful. Finally, the Commission seeks back pay and lost benefits, compensatory and punitive damages for the falsely accused former human resources official.
Note: The EEOC has been searching for instances of “pattern and practice” discrimination such as this one. Employers with discriminatory practices or policies can expect to hear from EEOC investigators.