Too Pretty to Work on an Oil Rig?

It is often difficult for a female applicant for employment to prove that an employer refused to hire her because of her gender.  In a recent case, the female applicants did not have such difficulty – they presented evidence that the employer told female applicants that it does not hire women because it only has “‘man camps,’ that women were ‘too pretty’ and that their presence would ‘distract the men.’”   This evidence led to a $400,000 settlement with the EEOC and is a reminder (not that one is really necessary) that employers cannot refuse to hire women, no matter how distracting their presence might be to male co-workers.

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