Goodyear Tire Company agreed to a $925,000 settlement to be disbursed among some 800 women who were not hired for entry-level, tire-building jobs at the company’s plant in Danville, Virginia. The lawsuit, which was filed by the US Department of Labor on behalf of the complainants, alleged that the company practiced gender-discriminatory hiring from January 1998 to June 1999.
Because Goodyear is a federal contractor and therefore prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national origin, the Department of Labor brought the case against the company. Charles E. James Sr., deputy assistant labor secretary for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, said the settlement serves to put “federal contractors on notice that the Labor Department is serious about eliminating systemic discrimination,” Women’s eNews reports.
In addition to the settlement sum, Goodyear will also offer entry-level jobs to as many as 60 women who meet the company’s employment requirements, the Beacon Journal reports.
The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a second gender-discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear Tire Company, in which the plaintiff allegedly worked for the company for 19 years for a salary that was significantly less than that of her male counterparts who had the same or less experience.
LEARN MORE Read “No More Excuses!” — a piece on wage discrimination in the Fall 2006 issue of Ms. magazine.
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