Medical Device Manufacturer to Pay $1,020,000 to Settle Age and Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Chanhassen, Minn.-based medical device and equipment manufacturer will pay $1,020,000 and furnish other relief to settle an age and sex discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  EEOC said PMT Corporation violated federal civil rights laws by refusing to hire otherwise qualified applicants for outside sales positions because they were female or over the age of 40.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, PMT engaged in a pattern or practice of systemic hiring discrimination when, between Jan. 1, 2007 and late 2010, it hired over 70 individuals as sales representatives, but not a single applicant who was female or over 40 years of age. The lawsuit further alleged that this result was intentional and directed by PMT's owner and president.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). EEOC filed its lawsuit in March 2014, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. PMT Corporation; Civil Action No. 0:14-cv-00599, (D. Minn.) (DSD / TNL), after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The suit was resolved late on March 4, when U.S. District Judge David S. Doty of the District of Minnesota approved the consent decree. Under its terms, PMT will pay $1,020,000 to a class of job applicants who were rejected for sales positions because they were women or over the age of 40, and to a former human resources employee who notified EEOC that she believed PMT was engaging in discriminatory practices. In addition to the monetary damages, PMT will be monitored by EEOC for the next four years and will be required to revise its hiring practices for sales representatives to ensure that applicants are considered for employment based on merit, not their age or gender, in the future. PMT will also be required to submit regular reports to EEOC, conduct extensive training for all employees involved in the hiring process, and retain an external human resources consultant to review and recommend changes to their workplace policies.

According to company information, PMT manufactures and sells medical devices and equipment across the country and internationally. PMT relies on sales representatives to create and facilitate a customer network for its products. PMT's sales representatives are located in regions across the United States.

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