Hospital Pays $450,000 in Gender Discrimination Settlement

HONOLULU – In an effort to settle a job discrimination lawsuit with the federal government, Hawaii Pacific Health and Straub Clinic and Hospital will pay $450,000, after failing to hire nine women in 2004 because of their gender and age.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed in the lawsuit that Straub refused to hire nine women for security positions, despite all applicants being qualified for the job. Instead, nine men were hired for the duty.

Three of the women involved said Straub refused to employ them because they were over the age of 40. All of the women stated they were discriminated against because of their gender, according to the EEOC.

The hospital agreed to revise its hiring policies, provide training to managers on policies and procedures against sexual harassment and retaliation, and undertake recruitment activities as part of the settlement.

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