BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has filed a lawsuit
against Automation Personnel Services Inc. of Pelham, Alabama, for alleged
violations of federal law.
According to EEOC, the company refused to hire Andrea
Williams for placement with a fiberglass grating product manufacturer because
of her sex. Williams found out about a shipping/receiving position at a
Lafayette, Louisiana career fair. When she asked to apply, she was allegedly told by
a representative that the job was “a man’s job.” EEOC charges that the representative
would not let her apply.
"Employers, including staffing agencies, cannot refuse
to hire women based on outdated presumptions that women are not capable of
performing certain types of jobs," C. Emanuel Smith, regional attorney for
EEOC's Birmingham District Office, said. "EEOC will defend the right of
women to seek employment regardless of the job category."
Automation’s alleged actions violate Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964. EEOC will seek back pay for Williams in addition to
compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief.
"Sex discrimination has no place in the 21st century
workplace,” Delner Franklin-Thomas, district director for EEOC's Birmingham
District, said. “EEOC remains committed through outreach, education and
litigation to ensure that women have access to available positions in the
workforce, even those that have traditionally been held by men."