EEOC Sues Burgers and Beers

Employment Law News

In a press release issued yesterday, the EEOC announced that California based Burgers and Beers was engaging in sex discrimination for denying opportunities to male employees. The chain, which has six locations throughout Southern California, was denying males the opportunity to work in server positions.

The release indicates that "Such action violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (Case No. 3:18-cv-02014-DMS-NLS) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief to prohibit Burgers & Beer from engaging in future unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for the victims."

Christopher Green, director of the EEOC's San Diego's Local Office, explained that, "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."

View the full release.

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