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Class Action Alleges Staff Zone Discriminates Against Female Job Applicants

A proposed class action lawsuit filed in Alabama alleges defendant Harris Ventures, Inc., which does business as temp agency Staff Zone, is responsible for an “intentional, willful, company-wide systemic” pattern of “egregious sexual discrimination” and Civil Rights Act violations. Filed on behalf of a proposed class of current and former female applicants who were allegedly denied employment by Staff Zone based on their gender, the lawsuit claims the construction, industrial and special events staffing company made policy and practice of hiring less qualified male job applicants over female applicants.

The case notes the named plaintiff in this action in August 2016 filed a “charge of discrimination” with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Staff Zone over alleged Title VII violations of the Civil Rights Act. In response, the EEOC issue the plaintiff a “Notice of Right to Sue” on March 10, 2017, the lawsuit says.

In the “Common Allegations” section of the complaint, the plaintiff gets right to the heart of her claims:

“On or about August 4, 2016, the plaintiff responded to an employment advertisement [the defendant] had placed on Craig’s List for prospective employees. [The plaintiff] was informed by the defendant that jobs were available, but that the defendant hired for construction sites and did not have jobs for women. [The plaintiff] explained that she was willing to perform all of the duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description. The defendant still refused to consider [the plaintiff] for any positions it had available.”

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