JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a court ruling against Workplace
Staffing Solutions LLC after allegations it violated federal law when it failed
to hire six women for residential temporary trashcan collector (RTCC) positions
because of their gender.
According to EEOC, the defendants prevented qualified
females, including Jonika Walton, from applying for an open RTCC position.
Workplace Staffing allegedly told Walton the position was a male-only job. It
purportedly denied other female applicants, alleging such positions were “more
of a job for a guy.”
"Sex discrimination continues to be a barrier for women
seeking employment,” said C. Emanuel Smith, regional attorney for EEOC's Birmingham
District office. "EEOC believes this is a significant problem for
women who seek temporary employment through some staffing agencies. The law
demands that women receive equal employment opportunities.”
Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ordered the defendants
to pay $179,00 in fines, which will go toward back pay for the alleged victims,
punitive damages and compensatory damages.
"Too many employment agencies and other employers
continue to make hiring decisions based on sex or stereotypes that certain
jobs, or types of jobs, are not suitable for women,” said Delner Franklin-Thomas,
district director for EEOC's Birmingham District. “EEOC will continue to
use appropriate means to ensure that women receive equal consideration for all
jobs, as the law requires."