Men Can Sell Beauty Products Too

Yesterday, the EEOC announced a $354,250 settlement with Ventura Corporation, an employer who was alleged to have engaged in a pattern and practice of refusing to hire men as managers for its wholesale makeup, beauty products and jewelry sales business. Part of the settlement was paid to a male employee who was promoted after complaining about the employer’s discriminatory practices and then set up for failure and termination in retaliation for his complaints. It is likely that one of the motivations for the employer to settle was the judge’s finding that it had engaged in sanctionable conduct by destroying evidence consisting of applications from qualified male applicants and emails from key decision makers.


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