Refusing to Hire Women is Illegal
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently settled a lawsuit that it had filed against a construction company, BHT Constructions LLC, in which the EEOC alleged that BHT had discriminated against a prospective employee due to her sex. The EEOC’s lawsuit claimed that the company rejected a female job applicant because she was a woman. The prospective employee applied to work as a heavy machine operator. She had more than 20 years of experience in this role, but one of BHT’s supervisors told this applicant that they “do not hire women.” This alleged conduct is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against potential employees due to their sex. See EEOC v. BHT Constructions LLC, No. 19-cv-62145 (S.D. Fla.).
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