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Settlement leaves weight loss firm $20 million lighter

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LA Weight Loss, which was renamed Pure Weight Loss in 2007, has settled a lawsuit filed against it by the EEOC. The agency had alleged a nationwide pattern and practice of sex discrimination at locations across the country, including in Texas.

Among the allegations were charges that Pure Weight Loss had a nationwide policy of not hiring qualified men for various sales, medical and management positions. Male employees who complained said they were targeted for discipline and retaliation.

The settlement calls for the company to pay $20 million. In addition, for the next 10 years, the company pledges to track data for each person hired and any person who submits an application, and to provide the EEOC specific information on applicants by sex and other categories. The company also pledged to hire more men as part of the settlement.

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