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.


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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