REFUSED TO HIRE WOMEN, BLACK OR OLDER WORKERS FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBS
TKO Construction Services is alleged to have refused to hire women, Black or old people for construction jobs according to a lawsuit recently filed by the the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Apparently, back in July of 2018, a recruiter was informed the company refused to offer positions to those classes of individuals because some clients did not want them. Refusing to engage in “unlawful conduct,” that recruiter resigned. It was also alleged that those women that were hired were given fewer hours and paid less than men, while Black employees were also given fewer hours and paid less than the company’s white employees.
Since that conduct was believed to be violative of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. TKO Construction Services, Civil Action No. 0:23-cv-03010), seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief.
In a written statement, Gregory Gochanour, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Chicago District, noted that, “It’s a violation of federal anti-discrimination laws for employers to refuse to hire or assign individuals for employment based on sex, race or age because its clients tell them to engage in such unlawful conduct …. The EEOC will enforce the laws to ensure that hiring decisions and job assignments are made without discrimination.”
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