Case: Brown v. Sacramento Regional Transit District

2:98-cv-01719 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Filed Date: Sept. 4, 1998

Closed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

On September 4, 1998, a female former employee of Sacramento Regional Transit filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and California's Fair Emplyment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov't Code § 12900, against Sacramento Regional Transit in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, charging the defendant with discri…

On September 4, 1998, a female former employee of Sacramento Regional Transit filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and California's Fair Emplyment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov't Code § 12900, against Sacramento Regional Transit in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of California.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, charging the defendant with discriminating against women in terms of hiring, promoting, training and determining salary, grade level, job description and job title.

On October 18, 1999, the plaintiff filed motion for class certification, which was clarified and granted by the court (Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds) on February 16, 2000. The class was certified in three parts as: (1) All current or former women employees of RT who applied for promotions but were denied or discouraged on the basis of gender discrimination; (2) All current or former women employees of RT who sought training and/or were discouraged from seeking such training by virtue of defendant's discriminatory policies and practices; and (3) All current or former women employees of RT who were salaried and discriminated against with regards to salary, job title, job description and/or grade level.

On July 24, 2000, the defendant filed motion for summary judgment. The court (Judge Moulds) subsequently denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment without prejudice on July 5, 2001.

On February 23, 2003, the court (Judge Moulds) issued an Order granting Final Approval of Class Settlement Consent Decree and final judgment, and the case was dismissed.

The agreement provided for extensive injunctive relief, compensatory damages of $42,857.00 to each of the named plaintiffs, and $900,000 for attorney's fees. Plaintiff's and Defendant's appeals of the Special Master's various orders after the consent decree were finalized were all resolved by May 10, 2007.

Summary Authors

Nathaniel Koslof (4/8/2008)

People

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Judge(s)

Karlton, Lawrence K. (California)

Moulds, John F. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Lazear, Arthur W. (California)

Seligman, Brad (California)

Thierman, Mark R. (Nevada)

Thomas, Sheila Yvette (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gilbert, Mark W. (California)

Kelly, Patrick M. (California)

Landsberg, Dorothy S. (California)

Scheidt, Bruce A. (California)

Judge(s)

Karlton, Lawrence K. (California)

Moulds, John F. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Lazear, Arthur W. (California)

Seligman, Brad (California)

Thierman, Mark R. (Nevada)

Thomas, Sheila Yvette (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gilbert, Mark W. (California)

Kelly, Patrick M. (California)

Landsberg, Dorothy S. (California)

Scheidt, Bruce A. (California)

Syren, Leslyn Kay (California)

Terrelonge, Pauline Clare (California)

Vasquez, Emily Elizabeth (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

May 31, 2007 Docket
59

Order Certifying Class

Brown, et al v. Sacramento Regional, et al

Feb. 16, 2000 Order/Opinion
145

Order Denying Motion for Summary Judgment

Brown, et al v. Sacramento Regional, et al

July 5, 2001 Order/Opinion
203

Order Granting Final Approval of Class Settlement and Final Judgment

Brown, et al v. Sacramento Regional, et al

Feb. 26, 2003 Order/Opinion
202

Consent Decree

Feb. 26, 2003 Settlement Agreement
204

Order - Method of Apportionment

Brown, et al v. Sacramento Regional, et al

Feb. 27, 2003 Order/Opinion
230

Order (Denying Plaintiff & Defendants' Appeal)

May 9, 2007 Order/Opinion
230

Order

Brown, et al v. Sacramento Regional, et al

May 10, 2007 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5700286/brown-v-sacramento-regional/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 1:38 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
215

ORDER signed by Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on 12/19/05 re 213 ORDERING that the matter is scheduled for oral argument on 2/13/2006 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 4 (LKK) before Senior Judge Lawrence K. Karlton. An opposition brief, if submitted, must be filed no later than 1/13/06 at 4:30pm. No reply brief will be entertained. (Duong, D)

Dec. 20, 2005 RECAP
2

ORDER setting scheduling conference for 1:30 11/30/98 before Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton (cc: all counsel) (as) (Entered: 09/08/1998)

Sept. 4, 1998
217

ORDER denying 213 class counsel's Appeal to Special Master's ruling and the hearing set for 2/13/06 is vacated signed by Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on 2/7/06. (Duong, D)

Feb. 8, 2006 RECAP
3

RETURN OF SERVICE executed upon defendant Regional Transit on 9/4/98 (ndd) (Entered: 09/14/1998)

Sept. 11, 1998
4

LETTER to court from counsel for plaintiffs re right to sue letter (ndd) (Entered: 09/17/1998)

Sept. 16, 1998
230

ORDER signed by Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on 05/09/07 ORDERING that plaintiff's Appeal 218 is DENIED. Defendant's Appeal 219 is DENIED. (Duong, D) Modified on 5/11/2007 (Duong, D).

May 10, 2007 RECAP

REMARK amended summons issued; the original summons placed in file (ch) (Entered: 09/18/1998)

Sept. 17, 1998
5

STIPULATION granting dft extension of time to file responsive pleadings (ch) (Entered: 09/23/1998)

Sept. 22, 1998
6

FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT for Damages for Gender Discrimination [1-1] by plaintiffs; jury demand (ndd) (Entered: 10/14/1998)

Oct. 13, 1998
7

ANSWER by defendant Regional Transit to first amd complaint; jury demand (as) (Entered: 10/28/1998)

Oct. 27, 1998
8

NOTICE: from Laura Cerda Smith for Sharon Jaggard, status hearing of 11/30/98 VACATED; status hearing RESET for 10:30 12/4/98 ; each party shall file and serve status report no later than 10 days prior to the conference (as) Modified on 11/10/1998 (Entered: 11/10/1998)

Nov. 9, 1998
10

REQUEST for continuance of Status Conference by plaintiffs (ndd) (Entered: 11/23/1998)

Nov. 11, 1998
9

STATUS REPORT by dft Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 11/19/1998)

Nov. 18, 1998
11

ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING that counsel's request [10-1] is GRANTED; scheduling conference continued to 3:30 1/4/99 (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 11/23/1998)

Nov. 23, 1998
12

STATUS REPORT by plaintiffs (ndd) (Entered: 12/17/1998)

Dec. 16, 1998
13

MINUTES of Status Conference before Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton scheduling conference held on 1/4/99 pretrial conference set for 1:30 7/10/00 jury trial set for 10:00 10/24/00 ; court order to follow (ndd) (Entered: 01/15/1999)

Jan. 4, 1999
14

STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING that no further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings is permitted except with leave of court; discovery ddl set for 12/24/99 motion filing ddl set for 3/24/00 pretrial conference set for 1:30 7/10/00 jury trial set for 10:00 10/24/00 ; plts are to bring on a motion for class certification not later than 6/1/99 (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 19, 1999
15

PLAINTIFFS' EX PARTE application to continue the date for bringing the class certification motion (old) (Entered: 02/22/1999)

Feb. 19, 1999
16

DECLARATION of Robert Fried in support of the plts' ex parte application to continue the date for bringing the class certification motion [15-1] (old) (Entered: 02/22/1999)

Feb. 19, 1999

LODGED Proposed Order granting a continuance of the date for bringing the class certification motion by plaintiffs (old) (Entered: 02/22/1999)

Feb. 19, 1999
17

PROOF OF SERVICE by plaintiffs of [0-0], [16-1], [15-1] (old) (Entered: 02/22/1999)

Feb. 19, 1999
18

ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING that the ex parte application to bring the class certification motion be continued to 8/16/99 [15-1] is GRANTED (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 02/24/1999)

Feb. 24, 1999

LODGED stipulated protective order by defendant (ch) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 24, 1999
19

STIPULATION AND ORDER by Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds protective order between pltfs and dft Sacramento Regional Transit District GRANTEDi; any person who violates this Order may be subject to sancitons imposed by the Court and/or charges for contempt of court (cc: all counsel) (ljr) (Entered: 06/28/1999)

June 28, 1999

RESERVICE of DOCUMENT(S) stipulation and order [19-1] addressed to plaintiff Deidre Brown, plaintiff Lynn Cain, plaintiff Cheryl Gerald, plaintiff Debra Jones, plaintiff Donna Kelsay, plaintiff Anne M Novotny, plaintiff Gloria Salazar, defendant Regional Transit (ljr) (Entered: 07/14/1999)

July 14, 1999
20

PROOF OF SERVICE by Regional Transit of [19-1] (ndd) (Entered: 07/15/1999)

July 14, 1999
23

DECLARATION of Eric Ira Glasser in support of pltf's ex parte application [22-1] (dd) (Entered: 08/05/1999)

Aug. 4, 1999

LODGED proposed order granting a continuance of the date for bringing the class certification motion by plaintiff (dd) (Entered: 08/05/1999)

Aug. 4, 1999
21

ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING hat the date for the bringing of the class certification motion heretofore set for 8/16/99 be continued; the new date for bringing the class certification motion is 10/18/99 (old) (Entered: 08/05/1999)

Aug. 5, 1999

LODGED Second Amended Complaint by pltfs Deidre Brown, Lynn Cain, Cheryl Gerald, Debra Jones, Donna Kelsay, Anne M Novotny, Gloria Salazar (pb) (Entered: 09/02/1999)

Sept. 1, 1999
24

STIPULATION AND ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERED that plts' leave to file a second amended complaint GRANTED (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 09/08/1999)

Sept. 8, 1999
25

SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT [6-1] by plaintiff; jury demand (ndd) (Entered: 09/08/1999)

Sept. 8, 1999
26

MOTION for protective order by defendant Regional Transit regarding depositionof Brenda Lewis hearing not set (mll) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 10, 1999
27

MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES by defendant Regional Transit in support of [26-1] (mll) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 10, 1999
28

DECLARATION of Brenda Lewis in support of [26-1] (mll) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 10, 1999
29

DECLARATION of Emily E Vasquez in support of [26-1] (mll) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 10, 1999
30

PROOF OF SERVICE by defendant Regional Transit of [26-1], [27-1], [28-1], [29-1] (mll) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 10, 1999

LODGED ex parte appl and decl for order shortening time to hear dfts motion for protective order regarding deposition of Brenda Lewis by defendant Regional Transit; proposed order to shorten time (mll) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 10, 1999
32

ANSWER by dft Regional Transit; jury demand (ndd) (Entered: 09/17/1999)

Sept. 16, 1999
33

WITHDRAWAL by Regional Transit of motion for protective order by defendant Regional Transit regarding depositionof Brenda Lewis hearing not set [26-1] TERMINATED (ndd) (Entered: 09/21/1999)

Sept. 20, 1999

LODGED ex parte application and declarations for order granting dft additional time to file opposition to pltfs' class certification motion by defendant Regional Transit (old) (Entered: 10/14/1999)

Oct. 13, 1999

LODGED Document Ex Parte Application and Declarations for order granting dft additional time to file papers in opposition to plts' class certification motion lodged [0-0] VACATED; not to be signed (ndd) (Entered: 10/27/1999)

Oct. 13, 1999
34

LETTER to court from counsel for plaintiffs informed the court the parties are currently working on the preparation of a briefing schedule regarding plt's motion to certify a class action [22-1] and dft's Ex Parte Application for Order granting additional time to file papers in opposition to plt's class certification motion regarding [0-0] (ndd) (Entered: 10/15/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999
35

LETTER to court from counsel for defendant to withdraw Ex Parte Application for extension of time to file opposition to plts' class certification motion [0-0] (ndd) (Entered: 10/15/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999
36

LETTER to court from counsel for plaintiffs re briefing schedule of motion to certify a class (ndd) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
37

NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION to certify class action by plaintiffs motion TO BE HEARD by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ; Motion Hearing For 12/13/99 10:00am (ndd) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
38

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
39

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
40

DECLARATION of Robert Fried in support of plts' motion for class certification: on the issue of class counsel [37-1] (ndd) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
42

PLTS' SUPPLEMENTAL APPENDIX of cases [37-1] (ndd) (Entered: 10/25/1999)

Oct. 22, 1999

LODGED Stipulation and Order regarding briefing schedule by plaintiffs (ndd) (Entered: 10/26/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999
43

STIPULATION AND ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERED that plts shall have up to and including 10/25/99 to file their motion to certify a class; dft's opposition due 11/22/99; plts' reply due 12/6/99; the hearing on plts' motion to certify a class shall be held on 12/13/99 (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 10/28/1999)

Oct. 28, 1999

LODGED Stipulation and order regarding pre-trial and trial scheduling by plaintiffs (old) (Entered: 11/10/1999)

Nov. 9, 1999

LODGED Document Stipulation and Order regarding pretrial and trial scheduling lodged [0-0] VACATED; not to be signed (ndd) (Entered: 11/18/1999)

Nov. 9, 1999
44

LETTER to court from counsel for defendant Regional Transit regarding stipulation re pre-trial dates [0-0] (pb) (Entered: 11/12/1999)

Nov. 10, 1999
45

MINUTES of Status Conference before Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton pretrial conference reset for 1:30 10/30/00 jury trial reset for 10:00 2/21/01 (ndd) (Entered: 11/18/1999)

Nov. 17, 1999
46

STATUS PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING that except as provided herein, the court's previous order status order is incorporated by reference pretrial conference set for 1:30 10/30/00 jury trial set for 10:00 2/21/01 motion filing ddl set for 7/24/00 ; discovery ddl set for 4/24/00 (cc: all counsel) (old) (Entered: 11/22/1999)

Nov. 22, 1999
47

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 11/22/1999)

Nov. 22, 1999
48

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 11/22/1999)

Nov. 22, 1999
49

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 11/22/1999)

Nov. 22, 1999
50

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 11/22/1999)

Nov. 22, 1999
51

NOTICE of lodging Original Deposition Transcript of Cheryl Gerald by dft Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 12/06/1999)

Dec. 3, 1999
52

SEALED document ( ) (ndd) (Entered: 12/06/1999)

Dec. 6, 1999
54

SUPPLEMENTAL APPENDIX of cases by plaintiff (as) (Entered: 12/07/1999)

Dec. 6, 1999
55

PROOF OF SERVICE by plaintiffs of [54-1] (as) (Entered: 12/07/1999)

Dec. 6, 1999
56

MINUTES before Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton motion to certify class action by plaintiffs [37-1] SUBMITTED C/R C Bodene (ndd) (Entered: 12/14/1999)

Dec. 13, 1999
57

SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION of Jerald Udinsky in opposition to plts' Motion for class certification [37-1] (ndd) (Entered: 12/14/1999)

Dec. 13, 1999
58

PROOF OF SERVICE by dft Regional Transit of [57-1] (ndd) (Entered: 12/15/1999)

Dec. 14, 1999
59

ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING that the court tentatively CERTIFIES the following classes: subclass 1 - all current or former women employees of RT who applied for promotions to salaried positions but were denied such promotions on the basis of their gender and/or who were discouraged from making such an application by virtue of dft's alleged discriminatory policies and practices; Subclass 2 - all current/former women employees of RT who sought training for salaried positions and/or who were discouraged from seeking such training by virtue of dft's alleged discriminatoy policies and practices; Subclass 3 - all current or former women employees of RT who were salaried and who were discriminated against with regard to salary, job title, job description and/or grade level; dfts may move for decertification upon the close of discovery (cc: all counsel) (as) (Entered: 02/16/2000)

Feb. 16, 2000
60

DESIGNATION of expert witnesses by plaintiffs (ndd) (Entered: 02/25/2000)

Feb. 24, 2000
61

DESIGNATION of expert witnesses by dft Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 02/25/2000)

Feb. 24, 2000
62

LETTER to court from counsel for dft Regional Transit enclosed its letter to plts' counsel regarding deficiencies in their Expert Witness Designation [60-1] (no letter enclosed) (ndd) (Entered: 03/03/2000)

March 2, 2000
63

ORDER by Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds ORDERING the depositions at issue shall be conducted in Sacramento at the US Courthouse; Counsel shall make arrangements with the courtroom deputy for an appropriate conference room(cc: all counsel) (old) (Entered: 03/23/2000)

March 23, 2000

LODGED stipulation and order re depositions of statistical experts by defendant (ch) (Entered: 03/31/2000)

March 30, 2000
64

MID-LITIGATION STATEMENT by plaintiffs (ndd) (Entered: 04/11/2000)

April 10, 2000
65

MID-LITIGATION STATEMENT by dft Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 04/11/2000)

April 10, 2000
66

STIPULATION AND ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERED that the depositions of expert witnesses Richard Drogin, Dean Barron and Gerald Udinsky may be extended beyond 4/24/00, but shall be completed no later than 5/24/00 (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 04/13/2000)

April 13, 2000
67

PROOF OF SERVICE by defendant Regional Transit of [66-1] (old) (Entered: 04/14/2000)

April 13, 2000
68

LETTER to court from counsel for defendant Regional Transit regarding the hearing date of 7/10/00 for dft's Motion for summary judgment (ndd) (Entered: 04/17/2000)

April 13, 2000
69

NOTICE of Withdrawal of Expert Witnesses of Joan Feldman and David Klausner [61-1] by dft Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 04/19/2000)

April 18, 2000

LODGED Stipulation and Order regarding deposition of Ms Celia Scott by defendant Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 04/25/2000)

April 24, 2000
70

STIPULATION AND ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton lodged [0-0] ADOPTED: Due to the recent death of Ms Celia Scott's husband, her deposition will not be scheduled within a reasonable period of time after she returns from here bereavement leave on 5/1/00 (cc: all counsel) (old) Modified on 06/13/2000 (Entered: 05/01/2000)

May 1, 2000

LODGED Stipulation and Order regardinng pretrial and trial scheduling by defendant Regional Transit (ndd) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000
71

ORDER by Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton ORDERING that the parties' request the court extend the deadlines set in the status (pretrial scheduling) order is DENIED (cc: all counsel) (ndd) (Entered: 06/02/2000)

June 2, 2000
73

ORDER from 9th Circuit that pet's motion to stay the district court proceedings is DENIED (ndd) (Entered: 06/13/2000)

June 12, 2000
77

SEALED document ( ) (old) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
74

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
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SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
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SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
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SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
79

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
80

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
81

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
82

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
83

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
84

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
85

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
86

SEALED document ( ) (hk) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 26, 2000
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SEALED document (ljr) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 10, 2000
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SEALED document (ljr) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 10, 2000

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 4, 1998

Closing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All current and former women employees of RT 1) who applied for promotions but were denied; 2) who sought training but were denied; 3) who were salaried and were discriminated against on salary, job title, etc.

Attorney Organizations:

Impact Fund

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Sacramento Regional Transit, Regional

Defendant Type(s):

Transportation

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $1.6 million

Order Duration: 2003 - 2006

Content of Injunction:

Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria

Retaliation Prohibition

Reporting

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Monitor/Master

Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols

Discrimination Prohibition

Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Pay / Benefits

Promotion

Training

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female