USA: Hospitality industry faced most complaints before Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of any sector in 2015

Author: L.M. Sixel, Houston Chronicle (USA), Published on: 8 January 2016

“Sex, race, disability claims remain EEOC's chief focus”, 6 Jan 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued restaurants and hotels more than any other employers last year, according to an analysis by the employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw…Eighty-six percent of the lawsuits involved claims of discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, religion and disabilities…The agency receives fewer cases alleging age and equal pay discrimination…Many of the hospitality industry cases involved sex discrimination and retaliation claims…Of the lawsuits filed against the health care industry, 18 were disability claims…Business service companies were sued 25 times last year, most often for sex discrimination, race discrimination and disability issues…Twenty lawsuits named manufacturers, which are especially susceptible to legal disputes because of the physical requirements of the work…High turnover, tight attendance and performance requirements, an abundance of entry-level positions and a diverse applicant pool make the retail industry a key target for discrimination claims…Six of the 14 cases filed against the construction industry alleged gender discrimination, including three that focused on pay disparity…[This] may reflect the EEOC's belief that the male-dominated industry is less welcoming to female employees.  [Subscription Required]

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