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Female Ohio Guards Awarded $475,000 For Gender Discrimination Regarding Assignment, Promotion

Seven female Ohio guards brought federal suit against the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department (Department) for emotional distress due to unfavorable assignments and lack of promotion. The court awarded them collectively $475,000.

The guards claimed sex discrimination because their contract provided that seniority determine their shift assignments. They claimed that there were two seniority lists one for each gender and that less senior male guards received the more desirable shifts. They claimed that they were also forced to work graveyard shifts and that these actions were in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Act). The Department argued that under the Act's occupational exception, four female guards were mandatorily required on all shifts and that any deviation from the policy would have violated the Act.

A Youngstown United States District Court jury found that the Act's occupational exception was applied in excess and that female security implementations could have been appropriately applied. See: Flynn v. Trumbull County, Case No. 4:02 CV 00773 AA (D. Oh. 2006).

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Flynn v. Trumbull County