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Staffing Agency Sued for Sex Harassment and Assigning Workers Based on Sex

Staffing Agency Sued for Sex Harassment and Assigning Workers Based on Sex

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a class lawsuit yesterday alleging that Source One Staffing, Inc. assigned female employees to a known hostile work environment and retaliated against two female employees who reported their supervisor for making sexual advances toward them.

According to the lawsuit, Source One categorized jobs as “men’s work” or “women’s work” and assigned employees accordingly.

The EEOC filed suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement with Source One. Title VII prohibits employment agencies from failing or refusing to refer employees for temporary job assignments because of their sex. This includes a duty not to comply with discriminatory requests from its clients for workers of only one sex.

The case, EEOC v. Source One Staffing, Inc., was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and has been assigned to Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. and Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert. Supervisory Trial Attorney Gregory Gochanour and Trial Attorney Grayson S. Walker will litigate the case on behalf of the EEOC.

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