Men Must Be Allowed To Change Diapers Too
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a lawsuit against The Children’s Home, Inc., wherein it alleged that the non-profit company discriminated against a male employee by refusing to consider him for a management position based on his sex. The lawsuit also alleges that the company retaliated against the employee by refusing to allow him to apply for other positions after he complained that he was not being considered for a position because of his sex. The company allegedly discouraged the male employee, Luis Vasquez, from applying to a position in the organization’s new Adolescent Motherhood Program. The lawsuit claims that the employee was informed that management “wasn’t sure if they would accept males to work at the new motherhood program” and also said to the employee “can you imagine males changing pampers, working with babies and with pregnant girls?” Vazquez complained that he had been refused the position because of his sex, and thereafter the company told him that there were no other positions available for him. A female employee with less experience was given the position to which he had applied. The alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of their sex, as well as retaliation for complaining about such discrimination. See EEOC v. Children's Home, Inc., No. 8:17-cv-02262 (M.D. Fla.).
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