The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

PRESS RELEASE
9-1-09

DIGITAL CABLE AND COMMUNICATIONS SOUTH SUED BY EEOC FOR SEX DISCRIMINATION

Parma Company Refused to Hire Women as Cable Techs, Federal Agency Charged

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit announced today that Digital Cable and Communications South, Inc., a Parma, Ohio-based cable TV installation company, violated federal law by denying hire to female applicants for cable technician jobs.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, (Case No. 1:09CV-02035), a charging party and other qualified females applied for available cable technician positions but were denied hire, despite their qualifications, while similarly or less qualified male applicants were hired.

“It defies logic as well as federal law to deny half the population the chance to perform a certain job,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru. “These lawsuits, along with several others we’ve recently been forced to file on this same issue, make that point loudly and clearly.”

Sex discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement.

“Title VII has been in effect for over 40 years, and yet there are employers that still don’t understand the law,” said EEOC Acting Regional Attorney Debra Lawrence. “Employers cannot make employment decisions based upon one’s gender.”

Digital Cable and Communications South, Inc. provides installation services to multi-system operators (cable companies) in the cable television industry.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on the agency’s web site at www.eeoc.gov.


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