The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday that a St. Louis
–based packaging company will pay $252,768 to settle discrimination charges that it did not place women in machine operator positions.
The agency said in a statement that female employees who expressed interest in the position at Pretium Packaging LLC were told that women were not eligible for it.
In one case, two female employees who worked as packers and applied for the machine operator position were not selected for interviews, but male employees and external applicants with lower qualifications were hired instead.
The company was accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Toledo, Ohio.
The three-year consent decree settling the lawsuit requires Pretium to pay more than $125,000 to the two female employees who applied to be machine operators but were not selected for interviews, and another $2,500 to former employees who may have been interested in the position.
It also requires Pretium to establish a $75,000 grant with Women in Manufacturing’s Ohio chapter and interview chapter program graduates who are applying to become machine operators, supervisors or managers, among other jobs.
The company’s lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.