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Burgers & Beer Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit For $150,000

December 11, 2019

Burgers & Beer, a Southern California food chain, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC's lawsuit charged Burgers & Beer with disqualifying male applicants and employees from server positions based solely on their sex. The EEOC contends that this practice, which has been ongoing since 2015, led to an almost all-female server workforce. Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrim­ination on the basis of sex with regard to hiring and/or promotions. Christopher Green, director of the EEOC's San Diego's local office, said, "Supposed customer preference is no excuse for discriminatory behavior. Employers should take heed of this resolution and review their practices to ensure they are compliant with federal law."