It’s Just Lunch Settles With EEOC for $900,000
On July 22, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it had settled a federal court claim against It’s Just Lunch (IJL), a company based in Hallandale Beach, Florida. In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that IJL engaged in sex-based hiring practices by refusing to hire men into the position of dating directors. The EEOC alleged that when the IJL human resource officer protested the practice, her employment was terminated two (2) days later.
As part of its comprehensive settlement agreement, IJL agreed to compensate the terminated human resource officer in the amount of $130,659 which included lost compensation, attorney’s fees, compensatory damages and other costs. ILJ further agreed to remove any “negative references relating to her termination” from the former employee’s file. In addition, ILJ agreed to implement comprehensive “applicant tracking systems” and conduct quarterly reviews of its applicant flows. Finally, ILJ agreed to establish a class settlement fund in the amount of $769,341 which might be available to qualified male applicants that applied for a dating director job at ILJ since 2007. More information about the EEOC’s settlement can be found here: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/7-22-13a.cfm