Despite significant advancements in women’s rights, gender discrimination is still prevalent in today’s business world. Workplace discrimination in any form is not only incredibly immoral and unjust, it is also illegal in the state of Massachusetts. What can be done when a female worker is passed over in favor of a less-qualified, male counterpart? This happened to a female worker in another state and a lawsuit soon followed.
The lawsuit was filed against Nestle Waters, the world’s largest bottling company, by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a female former employee. The former employee was a finance and budgeting manager who had been with the company for over 20 years. According to the lawsuit, she applied for a promotion, but despite being well-qualified, she was not offered the position. Allegedly, the position was instead given to a less-qualified male co-worker.
The lawsuit claims that, after the being denied the promotion, the plaintiff’s employment was terminated for reasons the company described as consolidation. However, the former employee claims that, out of 14 total managers and manager supervisors for that zone, she was the only person who lost her job as a result of the consolidation. She believes that she lost her job because she was the only female manager in her zone. Nestle Waters has agreed to settle the lawsuit and pay the woman $300,000 as well as other damages.
Treating someone unfairly just because they are different has no place in society, much less the workplace. Luckily, there are laws in the state of Massachusetts that protect employees from this type of discrimination. Any worker who feels they have been a victim of workplace discrimination could greatly benefit from seeking the services of an experience employment law attorney.
Source: jdsupra.com, “Nestle Waters North America To Pay $300,000 To Settle Sex Discrimination Lawsuit“, March 14, 2017