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3rd Circuit Allows Discrimination Suit to Move Forward for Woman Locked Out of Locksmith Job December 24, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Law, Sexism, Women.

A woman cannot be barred from bringing a sex discrimination claim on the grounds that she lacked some of the advertised job qualifications for a post if the employer ultimately hired a male who also lacked those qualifications, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

“If an employer could, with impunity, appeal to objective qualifications to defeat any female job applicant’s challenge to its hire of an objectively unqualified male in her place, discrimination law would be reduced to bark with no bite,” U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas L. Ambro wrote in Scheidemantle v. Slippery Rock University, PICS No. 06-1831.

“Title VII demands that employers apply the same standards for hiring women and other protected minorities that they apply to all other applicants,” Ambro wrote in an opinion joined by Judges Theodore A. McKee Jr. and Richard L. Nygaard.

The ruling reverses a decision by Chief Judge Donetta W. Ambrose of the Western District of Pennsylvania granting summary judgment in the university’s favor.

Read the rest of the article at Law.com

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