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Brewery pays $500,000 for bias claims

Lion Brewery settles suit over hiring practices

Sept 29, 2000 - A federal commission has ordered Pennsylvania's Lion Brewery to pay Kimberly Miller of Shickshinny, Pa., and 56 other women a total of $500,000 to settle a claim that they refused to hire her or even interview other women who applied for production jobs.

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The women claimed they were passed over in favor of men for production jobs at the brewery and bottle shop. They also alleged that Lion Brewery of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., had a "reputation in the community" of hiring only men for assembly-line jobs, said Jacqueline McNair, of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

After an in-house posting went up last summer, Miller, a clerical worker for Lion Brewery, decided to apply for a production job because it paid more money.

Miller later quit her job at Lion after she was turned down for a production job and refused a raise for her clerical work.

She then sued. She gets $50,000 of the settlement. Fifty-six other women who applied for jobs get $8,000 each.

The almost 100-year-old, privately-owned brewery employs about 130 people, 100 of them production workers. It bottles Brewery Hill and Stegmaier beers.


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