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EEOC: Florida child care organization refuses to hire male for maternity home role

By Mark Iandolo | May 7, 2018

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TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 2 that The Children’s Home Inc., a Tampa nonprofit child care organization also known as the Children’s Home Network, will pay $18,000 after allegations of sex discrimination.

"Outdated stereotypes about the roles of men and women in child care and caregiving should not adversely impact employees' job prospects," Robert E. Weisberg, regional attorney for the EEOC's Miami District Office, said in a statement. "The law is clear – employers cannot discriminate based on gender in hiring or firing employees." 

According tothe  EEOC, Luis Vasquez was an employee at The Children’s Home who asked to be assigned to a position in a maternity home. His request was allegedly denied by The Children’s Home based on his sex. Purported conduct of this nature violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"Whether a man or woman, employees should not be subjected to discrimination in the workplace based on their sex,” EEOC Tampa field director Evangeline Hawthorne said in a statement. “The EEOC will continue to vigorously enforce anti-discrimination laws to ensure equal opportunity for all workers."

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