New York City Slapped with Discrimination Lawsuit

New York City Slapped with Discrimination Lawsuit

A sex discrimination lawsuit alleging that New York City refuses to hire female bridge painters despite qualifications was filed in federal court on Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

According to the complaint, 13 jobs as bridge painters have opened since 1997. All 13 of those jobs were given to men even though at least three qualified women applied.

The city, which employs approximately 100 bridge painters to maintain more than 700 bridges, has never hired a female bridge painter, the complaint states.

For more than a decade, the city has failed to administer a civil service exam for the positions and instead hired employees on a provisional basis.

New York’s DOT denies that it has engaged in sex discrimination or any wrongdoing with regard to its hiring practices.

However, the U.S. Attorney’s office claims that the city—in its failure or refusal to hire women as bridge painters—is in violation of the Civil Rights Act.

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