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‘Safety concern’ no excuse for not hiring women

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When Deborah applied for a van driver position at a supermarket, the store manager told her he would not hire a woman for the job out of concern that a female driver would be at greater risk of being assaulted on the job than a male driver. The store hired a male driver five days later.

The U.S. Equal Employment Oppor­­­tunity Commission filed a lawsuit on her behalf and won a $10,500 settlement.  (EEOC v. Lee’s Food Corp. d/b/a Food Rite Community Supermarket)

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