Sanitation Company Fired Supervisor for Being Female, EEOC Claims

A Georgia sanitation company fired its only female supervisor because of her sex, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed in a lawsuit.

Stellar Management Group, Inc., which does business as QSI, provides cleaning crews for meatpacking plants. According to the EEOC, its sole woman supervisor ran a team that cleaned up at a Perdue chicken plant in Perry, Ga. But her area manager said he wanted to fire her, the EEOC said, because he believed that only men should be supervisors.

In October 2011, the employee missed three days of work-an absence that QSI originally approved, the EEOC said. But soon afterward QSI fired her for failing to inform the company of her whereabouts. It immediately replaced her with a man, according to the lawsuit.

The EEOC seeks back pay and damages for the former supervisor, plus a court order to stop QSI from discriminating against women. It said QSI's actions violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids job discrimination based on sex.

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