Outback Steakhouse To Pay $19 Mln To Settle Sex-Bias Lawsuit

I don’t understand this ruling since some of the best bus boys at Outback are women.

from www.wsj.com – Outback Steakhouse agreed to pay $19 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging sex discrimination against thousands of women at hundreds of its U.S. restaurants.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Outback discriminated against female employees and denied them equal opportunities for advancement.

The lawsuit, filed by the EEOC in federal court in Colorado in 2006, said female employees couldn’t get promoted to the higher-level profit-sharing management positions in the restaurants and were denied favorable job assignments, particularly kitchen management experience, which was required for employees to be considered for the top management job.

“There are still too many glass ceilings left to shatter in workplaces throughout corporate America,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart Ishimaru.

“The EEOC will continue to bring class lawsuits like this one against employers who engage in gender discrimination on a systemic scale.”

In addition to the money, the settlement requires that Outback launch an online application system for employees interested in managerial and other supervisory positions; hire a human resource executive in the newly created position of vice president of people; employ an outside consultant for at least two years who will determine compliance with the settlement terms and analyze data from the online application system to determine whether women have equal opportunities for promotion.

The company had no immediate comment on the settlement.

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