Women claim discrimination in company's hiring practices

Most people in West Virginia agree that job applicants should be measured by their accomplishments and qualifications, but this is sadly not always the case. Many employers still engage in discriminatory hiring practices. This type of ongoing discrimination violates employment law and the rights of job applicants.

A transportation company recently filed a motion requesting that a discrimination lawsuit against it be dismissed. Filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission -- the EEOC -- it claims that the company discriminated against woman both during the hiring process and after. The lawsuit was filed in August, but the initial discrimination complaint was made much earlier.

In June 2010, a woman filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that the transportation company purposely excluded women by creating a physical capability test that was not favorable for them. The woman said she had initially earned a position, but then lost her opportunity after her performance during the physical test was deemed insufficient. The company denied these claims and asserted that its tests were scientifically backed to select workers who are prepared for a physically demanding job. The passage rate for these tests was revealed to be 87 percent of men who tested, and only 30 percent of women.

There are multiple plaintiffs involved in the discrimination lawsuit, all of whom are seeking back pay in addition to other damages. These are common damages cited in claims against discriminatory employers, who cause both financial and emotional harm to their victims. West Virginia employees who have been discriminated against during hiring or the course of their employment are well within their rights to seek appropriate damages.

Source: wvgazettemail.com, "CSX denies discriminatory hiring practices", Lacie Pierson, Oct. 4, 2017

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