Monday, September 07, 2009

Mars Super Market Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit for $275,000

Women fight back and win another one, with the aid of the EEOC. The Baltimore area super markets were caught refusing to hire women as meat cutters. I think we all know that knives are simply too heavy for little women to lift:

Baltimore area grocer Mars Super Markets has agreed to pay $275,000 and change its hiring practices to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday.

In a class action suit filed last September, the federal agency accused the 16-store chain of discriminating by failing to hire women as meat cutters. Mars refused to hire part-time deli clerk Gail Brown as an apprentice meat cutter at its Wise Avenue store because she is a woman, the lawsuit said. .

Under a consent decree filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, the supermarket chain will pay Brown $118,000, including $23,323 in back pay, $76,677 in damages and $18,000 in attorney's fees. Mars also will pay $157,000 to five additional claimants, under the agreement. All five women, who were not employed by Mars, had applied for meat cutter jobs and were turned down because they are women, the EEOC said.