Efrosini Katanakis fought four years in the courts to win the right to be able to get a job which pays $44 per hour job to paint New York City’s bridges and towers in all kinds of weather.   She, along with three other women, won a lawsuit in September 2010 when Judge William Pauley III of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the city ran bridge painting as a “de facto boys’ club”, turning away ambitious women in “unvarnished sex discrimination” and engaged in “intentional appeasement” of its male dominated industry.  Each of the aggrieved women was awarded $125,000. He ordered that painters be chosen based on a civil service exam.  Applications are being accepted for the new, unbiased civil service test in April 2011 in which applicants must climb 50 foot plus towers and carry paint pails of up to 65 pounds to name a few challenges. The private sector currently has about 30 outdoor female painters experienced in high-wire challenges.  Read More

According to the United States Department of Labor, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This law is enforced by the Civil Rights Center.  Read More.

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