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Gender discrimination lawsuit filed against food distributor

A food distributor in another state has been sued for allegedly treating women unfairly during the hiring process. This is considered gender discrimination, and it is illegal according to federal law. Any company that engages in this type of discrimination in the state of Texas may be held financially responsible through the civil justice system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the food distributor, known as Sherwood Food Distributors, is accused of denying females entry-level positions since 2009. This business ships frozen and refrigerated food items to grocery stores. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that rather than hiring women, the company hired men who were less qualified.  

According to the lawsuit, the company contacted more men who applied than it did women. In fact, the company hired more than 1,500 people to work in entry-level positions in the warehouse from 2009 to 2014, but only seven were women. In addition, just one woman was hired from 2009 to 2011 even though 5 percent of those who applied then were women. At one point, a warehouse manager allegedly viewed a woman's application and said that the warehouse did not allow women to work back there.

It virtually goes without saying that discrimination in the workplace in Texas can hamper career prospects and also negatively impact a one's self-confidence. When companies violate federal anti-discrimination laws, the employees or job seekers experiencing the discrimination have the right to file gender discrimination lawsuits against them. Remedies from a successfully fought claims may include damages, back pay and compensation, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: cleveland.com, "Gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Maple Heights food distributor", Eric Heisig, Sept. 28, 2016

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