No employee should have to worry that they will be subjected to negative treatment at work (such as being wrongfully passed over for a promotion) because of their gender. Thus, it is very important for employers to make sure to not engage in gender discrimination against their employees.
The employee in question was a rental supervisor at a facility the company has in the Denver area. Reportedly, the woman was passed over for a promotion to a rental manager position. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that the reason the company passed the woman over for the promotion was her gender. The position was ultimately offered to a man.
The woman reportedly complained to the company about this alleged gender discrimination. According to the EEOC, after the woman made this complaint, the company laid her off. Allegedly, the company then replaced the woman with a male employee.
The EEOC brought a lawsuit in a federal court in Colorado against the company in connection to these allegations. The EEOC and the company recently reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. As part of this settlement, the company has agreed to make a monetary payment and to take certain steps aimed at preventing wrongful discrimination.
As the allegations that were made in this recently settled case underscore, gender discrimination can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that employers are held accountable when they engage in conduct like that which was alleged in this case.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "H&E Equipment Services to Pay $125,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit," June 13, 2012