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EEOC files lawsuit against Hanover staffing firm that alleges discrimination against women

Green JobWorks LLC, a Hanover-based staffing company, has been charged with discriminating against women in job assignments and duties in a federal lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit filed this week alleges the company violated federal law by refusing to hire female workers for demolition and laborer jobs or to assign women to such positions. The company regularly assigns workers to customers using sex-based criteria provided by those customers and asks whether customers prefer workers of a particular gender, the lawsuit alleges.

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Such practices would violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in employment.

Decades after equal employment opportunity became law, “sex discrimination remains a persis­tent problem in the job market,” said Jamie Williamson, director of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District, which includes the Baltimore field office.

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The EEOC’s lawsuit alleges that Green JobWorks employees have told female job seekers that the company wanted to hire only men for certain positions or assignments.

An owner of Green JobWorks could not be reached Wednesday afternoon. The company’s website says it offers business customers staffing, cleaning, and demolition and abatement services.

The commission said it filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement.

“Redressing and deterring class-wide sex discrimination by staffing agencies and other employers is a critical law enforcement priority,” said Debra Lawrence, an EEOC regional attorney, in an announcement of the lawsuit. “The EEOC is committed to protecting female workers in the community from bias.”

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