Are you an Employer?    Attract the Best Candidates with Smart Job Postings!
Search Journalism Resumes
The Largest Collection of Jobs on Earth | JournalismCrossing
Need Help? Call (800) 680-7345  

Job Seeker Login   Employer Login 

Job Seekers? Try it Now  

Search Journalism Jobs
Browse Journalism Jobs
Post Journalism Jobs
Attention Employers - Only EmploymentCrossing Posts Your Jobs to Over 500+ Other Job Sites. TRY IT FREE!
home > career connect
  • Employment News
Justice Department and Sex Discrimination

By jim  |  Dated: 06-08-2012

A recent announcement was made by the Justice Department in which they have stated that they will be intervening in a private lawsuit, Hawkins v. Summit County, Ohio. The lawsuit is private and allegations have been made that sex discrimination has taken place within the Summit County area in Ohio, as well as from the Sheriff of Summit County as well. The complaint alleges that the sheriff of the county discriminated on multiple women, a total of twenty deputy sheriffs, all of whom have filed discrimination charges against him and the department with the EEOC, also known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The complaint states that at the beginning of the year, back in January of 2012, the county as well as the sheriff assigned jobs that were segregated by sex within the Summit County Jail, which is located in Akron, Ohio. Before the beginning of 2012, all female deputies had the opportunity to work different jobs that related to security function, regardless of their gender. However, the job assignment system was updated and under new rules, female deputies became limited to the types of tasks they could take on that involved security-related aspects of the job, including only being allowed to supervise female inmates. Because female deputies were only allowed to supervise female prisoners, the vast majority of deputies lost time from work because there were not enough shifts available. The complaint asks that the sheriff and the county as a whole work on a job assignment system that would not cause this dilemma for the female deputies, as they should not be discriminated on due to their gender. The twenty female deputies are also asking for monetary relief due to damages that they dealt with because of the discrimination against them.

The Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, Thomas E. Perez, says that the Department of Justice does not stand for any sort of discrimination period and will not allow the county to discriminate on these deputies simply because they are female. Perez points out that the Civil Rights Division is partnered up with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and says that with their partnership, they are able to ensure that employers are following the right protocol and are not discriminating against their employees at all. Perez says that the EEOC works hard to ensure employees are all treated as equals and are not discriminated on based on gender or anything else. They are committed to ensuring that the county and sheriff work with these female deputies, along with providing them with monetary relief, so that they can work within the positions they were working before without being discriminated on simply because they are women.

Career Connect  (From our other career blogs):

Employment News (Sponsored by EmploymentSpectator)

Following Your Passion-Literally! (Sponsored by

Job Search Advice from the CEO of JournalismCrossing (Sponsored by

Layoff News (Sponsored by LayOffWatch)

2013 Most Influential Journalism Recruiter Rankings
arrow 600+ prestigious recruiters across America ranked
arrow 60+ industries and professions scrutinized
arrow Comprehensive updated candid report
Get the ranking
total jobs
on EmploymentCrossing
new jobs this week
on EmploymentCrossing
job type count
on JournalismCrossing
top 5 job searches
jobs near you
International jobs
Work at home jobs
UK jobs
Canada jobs
New search feature using US map. click here

Looking for a new journalism job in your city? click here
today's featured job
Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, San Francisco
United States-CA-San Francisco

FleishmanHillard is the world’s most complete global communications firm, specializing in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media.....

JOURNALISM Click to Apply for -
job search tip
Job Search myth: Good things come to those who wait. Probably not. Good things come to those who initiate. Don't sit around and expect a job to come to you. Make it happen- now!

Your privacy is guaranteed. We will never give out, lease, or sell your personal information.