COMPANY “GROOMED” MEN FOR ADVANCEMENT
According to an August 18, 2023 press release issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Corning, Inc. – an American company which manufactures “specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications” – has agreed to pay $120,000 fine and to modify its employment practices.
The company is said to have “groomed male process assistants for advancement,” denying women who had similar or superior qualifications those same opportunities. And believing that such conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, back in December of 2021, the EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Corning Incorporated, Civil Action No. 6:21-cv-06745) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, seeking monetary and injunctive relief (enjoining the continuation of such discriminatory practices).
In a written statement announcing the settlement, EEOC’s Jeffrey Burstein, regional attorney for the New York District Office, noted, “The EEOC appreciates Corning’s willingness to make critical changes to its line lead hiring process, changes that we believe will lead to the advancement of qualified employees regardless of their sex.”
Ironically, that glass company agreed to a bit more transparency ……
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