News Release — Employer Ordered to Pay $288,000 in Sex Discrimination Case

July 21, 2011

Following an investigation by the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), ThyssenKrupp Elevator Manufacturing, Inc. (TKE) has agreed to pay a total of $288,333 to 248 female job applicants who were systematically rejected for assembler/packer and utility positions at the company's facility in Middleton, Tennessee.

In addition to the financial remedy, TKE will extend 23 job offers to affected women as positions become available.

"This agreement sends a powerful message that the U. S. government will not tolerate discrimination," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "A global company like ThyssenKrupp should know better than to underestimate the power of America's working women. When the doors of opportunity are fully open to us, there isn't a job that we can't do."

Under the terms of the agreement, in addition to paying wages and interest to affected female applicants who return timely notifications, ThyssenKrupp agreed to undertake extensive self-monitoring and corrective measures to ensure that all employment practices fully comply with the law, and to immediately correct any discriminatory practices. The company will contact the rejected applicants and make payments directly to them using address information supplied on the job applications.

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