In December 2003, The Palm Restaurant in Washington, D.C. entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, consenting to pay $500,000 to settle a discrimination complaint alleging that female applicants have been denied jobs as waiters because of their sex. In addition to the monetary payment, The Palm agreed to seek out women to fill positions, provide EEO training to managers and new hires, advertise for positions in women’s publications and major news publications, and to improve its personnel recordkeeping. The Palm is a steakhouse which employs mostly male waiters and caters to a male clientele. Kristin Downey, “Palm Settles Sex Bias Complaint,” Wash. Post (Dec. 18, 2003), at E1.

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Newsletter - January 2004