Labor & Employment Law
Temp Agency Pays $650K to Settle EEOC Suit Claiming ‘Cupcake’ Wasn’t a Dessert
An Ohio temporary agency has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations it used code words to identify the race and sex of job applicants.
The suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had claimed the company, Area Temps, profiled job hunters despite promises of equal employment opportunities, WKYC.com reports.
According to the EEOC, Area Temps used “chocolate cupcake” to identify young African-American women, “hockey player” for young white males, and “small hands” for women.
“This is pretty egregious,” EEOC field director Dan Cabot told WKYC.com. “You’d like to think with the new millennium we’d change, but as much as we change, things remain the same.”