Hiring Men Only Due to Heavy Lifting Requirements

Sep 14, 2022
You are hiring for a position that requires employees to lift heavy things- so its probably best to hire a man, right?

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission thinks otherwise.

Recently, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against an Ohio based company, Satellite AutoGlass (a vehicle glass repair and replacement company), alleging it violated the law when it refused to hire a qualified applicant because she is a woman. The woman applicant had 2 years of experience as a repair technician as well as experience lifting and moving heavy furniture.

Even through the applicant disclosed her work experience during the interview, the store manager was concerned she could not lift the heavy weight of the glass and suggested another position. The other position paid less. The company hired two male applicants with the same qualifications as the female applicant.

The lawsuit is currently pending the US District Court for the Western District of Texas.

This should be common knowledge, but unfortunately it is not. Employers cannot make hiring (or promotion or other workplace) decisions based on gender. This is illegal. This includes refusing to hire female employees because of an unfounded concern they aren’t physically “strong enough,” or because it’s a male dominated industry, or because the foul language used on the job site isn’t for women. This is particularly a concern in “male dominated” industries such as construction, mechanics, sports, etc.

Hiring decisions should be based on qualifications, education, prior job history, experience and the applicant’s actual ability to perform the job. Anything else could be illegal- especially if it falls within a protected class.

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