EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Kroger

CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here is the target of a class action that was filed Tuesday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to published reports.

The lawsuit alleges that Kroger refused to hire women for physically demanding jobs at its distribution center in Houston.

The suit is based on claims from two women, Yolanda Washington and Subrena Tarver, who applied for jobs at Kroger's DC in September 2003 but allegedly weren't interviewed. Both women said they had previous experience as "order selectors" and met the other job qualifications.

The lawsuit claims that two less qualified men were hired for the jobs, which would require lifting and stacking boxes up to 60 pounds.

The EEOC is looking for other women to come forward who applied for the same jobs, according to the reports.
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