Home Depot, U.S. Settle Sex Bias Allegations

Women who apply or seek promotion to sales jobs at a Southern California Home Depot store now have a fighting chance of actually getting selected over men who tended to be favored for those positions by the hiring managers.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs learned of the situation and investigated. And as a result of that investigation, the store has agreed to do right by the women who were denied the fair opportunity for those better-paying jobs.

OFCCP investigators examined personnel records and employment applications, interviewed rejected female job applicants and managers, and found that management at the Pomona store had routinely channeled or placed equally or more qualified females into cashier positions while male hires were put into sales associate positions with higher pay and promotion opportunities, the agency said.

Under terms of the settlement, 46 women who either were not hired or were placed into the lower-paying cashier jobs will share in $83,400; five women will be or hired promoted to sales positions as part of the settlement.

Home Depot is a federal contractor with multiple contracts north of $2 billion. And that means it can’t discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

There’s a lesson here for all employers, noncontractors and contractors alike. Review your hiring and promotion procedures to make sure that all qualified candidates get a fair consideration. And never routinely route members of a protected class to a particular job or job category.

Read more about the settlement.



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