Staffing Agency Sued For Refusing Woman’s Application For Client’s Job

This new case is brought to you courtesy of the EEOC — likely as a reminder to those clueless few who do not already know – that staffing agencies can be held liable for employment discrimination if they do the bidding of their clients.

Shield, Work, Setting, Workplace“…not women, though!”


The EEOC just sued an Alabama-based staffing agency which refused to accept an application from an otherwise qualified female applicant for an advertised job in shipping/receiving with a fiberglass grating product manufacturer, informing her that “this is a man’s job” and the job is “not suitable for women.”

An EEOC attorney said that “Employers, including staffing agencies, cannot refuse to hire women based on outdated presumptions that women are not capable of performing certain types of jobs.”

Takeaway: Liability for employment discrimination is not limited to the employer – but extends to an employer’s agent, in this case a staffing agency.

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]