Gender discrimination masked by “old boy” stereotypes –

While sex sells, now more than ever,  sex discrimination also lives on too well according to the EEOC.  It received a $ 500,000 jury verdict in a case under Title VII about sex discrimination in promotion policies in which less qualified men were consistently promoted over a very well qualified woman. *  Our firm recently filed a gender discrimination complaint under state law for sex discrimination  with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD) against an out-of state firm with over 400 employees.  Our client, a Sales Supervisor,  faced a pattern of biased treatment from her male Vice President of Sales.  He treated the men on his sales team one way and devalued the women in such a way as to undermine their work  and discriminated on the basis of sex, creating a hostile work environment.  This cas was unusual – while there was no sex harassment there was psychological harassment, we contended, on the basis of gender.  We cited harassment cases which  while similiar where not exactly the same and used the company’s employee handbook policies which broadly forbade any kind of harassment. The company and its V.P. violated M. G. L. Ch. 151B, § 1 that forbids discrimination on the basis of sex in taking a negative employment actions.  Such action means to discharge from employment such individual or to discriminate  in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment, unless based upon a valid occupational qualification.  (Section 1 also forbids discrimination on the basis of  race, color, religious creed, national origin, sexual orientation).  We obtained a favorable settlement shortly after filing a complaint with the MCAD.

*An Atlanta jury has awarded $500,000 against a Westerville, Ohio-based warehouse and distribution company for failing to promote a female to a supervisory position, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a while back. According to an EEOC’s suit filed in U.S. District Court for the N. District of Georgia,   Exel, Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to promote a Ms. Travis to an inventory supervisor position. At trial, the EEOC established that the company routinely promoted males after Travis verbally requested consideration for open positions, while it  denied her the inventory supervisor position recently vacated by her supervisor. The EEOC said she was indisputably recognized as the most knowledgeable in inventory control.

Feel free to call us if we can help you evaluate and prosecute or defend an employment discrimination case.  With our years of experience, we have seen most arguments on both sides and made many of them ourselves.


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About Larry

Attorney Morse represents individual and business clients throughout Massachusetts some remotely. He handles a variety of employment matters, negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure language to protect trade secrets, etc., and resolving disputes. He assists businesses and partnerships at all stages through sale or dissolution. He helps clients in the purchase and sale of businesses and as an adviser to closely held corporations & limited liability companies.
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