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Hey, Lady! That's a Man's Job!

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Maybe a long, long time ago, in a far, far away place, folks used to tell women, “Oh, you can’t do that … it’s a man’s job.” And for whatever reason, it was acceptable. Maybe the work was too heavy, muddy or risky? But welcome to 2008, where jobs are no longer classified by gender. Better check to make sure your hiring managers understand that, too …

Case in Point: Gloria Sims was a substitute lunchroom worker at an Alabama school when a full-time position opened up. Her supervisor, however, informed her that it was a “man’s job” because it involved lots of heavy lifting.

Plus, he said, the school was looking to add a “little color” to the lunchroom. So it decided to hire a black male candidate with a high school diploma.

Sims sued, alleging race and gender discrimination. The school denied the claim, arguing that Sims didn’t hold a high school diploma as required for the position. Sims argued that the school didn’t consistentl...(register to read more)

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ManyHats October 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

“So Sims tacked on a relation claim ….” Did you mean retaliation?

Good series of articles, Ms Chapman; I find them both potentially useful and entertainingly written.


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