Federal Watchdog for Equal Employment Sues Southern California Restaurant Chain
Oct 26, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2018 – The restaurant chain Burgers & Beer illegally denied males the same employment opportunities as females, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges in its federal lawsuit.
Since at least 2015, the EEOC claims, the chain routinely rejected male applicants and employees from server positions because of their gender and upheld a pool of servers that was more than 90 percent female. Burgers & Beer has six locations in California’s Imperial Valley, according to the company’s website.
The EEOC argues that employment practice violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination based on one’s sex or gender.
The director of EEOC’s office in San Diego, Christopher Green, says, “Denying someone the chance to compete for a job simply because of their gender violates federal law — even if the employer presumes customers would prefer to be surrounded by female servers. Presumed preferences are no excuse for any kind of discrimination. The EEOC will continue to pursue the eradication of this type of unlawful behavior.”
Betsy Havens, executive director of Los Angeles employment law firm Strong Advocates, helps those who have experienced sex discrimination.
“All employers have the responsibility to employ those who are the most qualified for the position, regardless of sex,” Havens says. “That duty begins during the hiring process and continues once the individuals are hired and a part of the company.”
Experienced sex or gender discrimination on the job? Contact the compassionate sex discrimination lawyers at Strong Advocates and take a strong step toward the pursuit of justice.
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