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Mach Mining Sex Discrimination: Never Hired a Woman in 5 Years

In filing the Mach Mining sex discrimination lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that Mach Mining "needs to realize this is 2011, not 1911."

Mach Mining, headquartered in Marion, began operations in 2006 and never hired a single female miner for its Southern Illinois coal mines, claims the EEOC. The EEOC says that Mach Mining received "scores" of applications from highly qualified women, and yet did not hire a single one for any of its mining positions in five years.

The EEOC is charging Mach Mining with sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The reasons for Mach Mining's alleged sex discrimination were not given. However, coal mining is a historically male occupation, and Mach Mining may have been living in 1911 in an attempt to keep it that way. Mach Mining may also have thought that morale for its 130 male coal miners would have been higher if male miners only fraternized with male miners. Additionally, the EEOC says that Mach Mining never even bothered to provide female restrooms or changing facilities, so keeping the coal mines all male may have saved the company money.

But the reason for discrimination doesn't matter because sex discrimination is illegal for just about any reason. The EEOC said that "while the number of women in the mining industry is still much lower than their numbers in the general population, women miners are out there, they were applying at Mach Mines, and they had a right to be considered on their qualifications and merits."

The EEOC brought a Mach Mining sex discrimination lawsuit. The company never hired a single female coal miner in its existence. That is probably illegal.

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