Sex Discrimination Case More Like Eat Your Lunch!

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You would think that a dating service would be allowed to hire whichever side of the transaction they were serving. Not so, according to the EEOC.

It’s Just Lunch USA, LLC, a Florida-based matchmaking services company, has settled a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC charged that It’s Just Lunch refused to hire men as dating directors and inside sales representatives. The agency also claimed that the HR director was fired in retaliation for her opposition o sex-based hiring practices.  It’s Just Lunch will pay approximately $900,000, including $130,369 to the former HR director.  The remaining settlement funds will be paid into an account to be distributed to a class of qualified male job applicants who applied for dating director and inside sales representative obs from 2007 to the present.

More than expensive, was there really any reason on the part of It’s Just Lunch to NOT want men as sales directors?  Yes, you would have taken the empathy card off the table, but you would also have opened the door for female clients to hear a “man’s perspective”.

Malcolm Medley, director of the EEOC’s Miami District Office, added,

“Employers cannot refuse to hire applicants based on unfounded sex stereotypes.  Moreover, employees who raise legitimate concerns about their employer’s employment practices must be able to raise those concerns without fear of unlawful retaliation.” 

As part of the settlement, It’s Just Lunch will also implement a detailed applicant tracking system, provide training to managers, human resources personnel and employees, and provide quarterly hiring reports to the EEOC for three years.

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