Staffing Agency Settles Title VII Suit Over Termination of Male Ultrasound Technician

No reason a man can’t be employed as an ultrasound technician. Stereotyping a man as incapable of doing that job can get an employer in trouble under employment discrimination laws.

So take note any employer out there that thinks that are some jobs men shouldn’t do.

One such employer, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was Nevada Health Centers, which it sued last year along with an agency that placed a male technician at its facilities.

According to the EEOC, from 2010 to 2013, Nevada Health Centers and Ultracare Las Vegas had a service contract whereby Ultracare agreed to provide Nevada Health Centers with ultrasound technicians. In November 2012, Ultracare hired David Matlock as an ultrasound technician and placed him at Nevada Health Centers.

Within weeks of his placement, Nevada Health Centers asked Ultracare to remove Matlock from the assignment. Ultracare promptly accommodated Nevada Health Center’s request, terminating Matlock’s work assignment during the first week of January 2013.

The EEOC announced today that Ultracare agreed to settle this sex discrimination lawsuit for $15,000. The lawsuit against Nevada Health Centers continues.

“Sex-role stereotypes deprive qualified individuals from equal employment opportunities,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office, which includes Las Vegas in its jurisdiction. “Customer preference is not a defense for discrimination. Placement companies must comply with the law even when a client openly expresses an illegal gender preference.”

 

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