Staffing Agency Refused to Hire Qualified Females as Receiving Associates, Federal Agency Charged
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (STL.News) LTI Services, LLC, a Burbank, Ill.-based staffing agency which served the northern Indiana and Chicago areas, has agreed to pay $25,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, LTI refused to hire women for a receiving associate position for one of its clients, Tire Rack. The EEOC said that women who had years of experience were passed over for men who did not meet the experience or work-history requirements.
Rejecting qualified applicants because of their sex violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit (Case No. 3:20-cv-00304 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana) after first attempting to reach a settlement through its administrative conciliation process.
The two-year consent decree settling the suit provides that, in addition to paying $25,000, the company will not maintain sex-segregated job classifications and will provide training on Title VII’s prohibitions against sex discrimination.
“Sex discrimination in hiring must be thoroughly addressed and qualified applicants should not be rejected because of their gender,” said EEOC Indianapolis District Office Regional Attorney Kenneth L. Bird.”
EEOC Indianapolis Office Trial Attorney Alessandra Rosa added, “We commend LTI for agreeing to work with the EEOC and reach an early resolution of this case.”
The Indianapolis District Office of the EEOC oversees Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and parts of Ohio.
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.