Posted On: September 2, 2009 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Mars Super Markets Pays $275,000 To Settle Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Mars Super Markets, Inc. agreed to pay $275,000 and furnish significant remedial relief to settle a class action gender discrimination lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").According to the lawsuit, Mars refused to hire part-time deli clerk Gail Brown as an apprentice meat cutter at a Dundalk, Md., Mars store because she is a woman.

Mars, which operates 16 grocery stores in the Baltimore metropolitan area, had an ongoing pattern of failing to hire females as meat cutters and also failed to preserve various personnel and employment records, which also violated federal law. Refusing to hire qualified applicants because of their gender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and is gender discrimination.

"Eliminating an entire gender – half the population – from consideration for a particular type of job makes no sense and clearly violates decades-old federal law,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru.

In Fiscal Year 2008, the EEOC received 28,372 charges of gender discrimination.

Along with the relief paid to the class members, the three-year decree provides for significant remedial relief, including Mars’ agreement to:

extend job offers to women denied meat cutter jobs;
post a notice to all female applicants and employees who were denied the job advising them that they may be entitled to job offers and should contact the EEOC;
submit written reports to EEOC regarding the employment status of eligible claimants;
refrain from discriminating on the basis of sex in any way;
maintain employment records in compliance with Title VII;
develop job descriptions for meat cutter positions;
post a non-discrimination notice to employees and applicants; and
provide anti-discrimination training to all current and all future officers, managers and supervisors.