The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been investigating the practices of several private employers, including HireVest and Hire, for allegedly discriminating against women in their hiring practices and for failing to protect women from discrimination in their jobs.
A lawsuit filed last week by three female employees and a male employee alleges that the private companies unlawfully fired them after they complained about discrimination and other workplace issues, and retaliated against them when they sought employment.
A federal judge granted summary judgment in their case, which could take years to reach a decision.
Here’s a look at what’s at stake.
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It was founded in 2007 by two former Microsoft employees and two former Hire employees.
The company says it has “a comprehensive range of recruitment, retention, and career development services.”
Hire.vest is owned and operated by H2C Global, a global staffing and recruitment company.
H2Cs Global says it’s an equal opportunity employer, and that its hiring and hiring practices are “fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory.”
H2C said it has policies that protect employees’ privacy, and the company says the allegations against Hire are “completely without merit.”
Hive and H2c did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
According to the EEOC complaint, in February 2016, two women filed a discrimination complaint against H2CV Global with the EEAC.
The complaint says that the company refused to hire a woman at work and then later retaliated when she reported the discrimination.
The EEOC alleges that H2 CV Global fired both women.
Hirevest’s hiring practices also were investigated by the EEOS, the EEIC, and H3C in 2015 and 2016.
The latter two companies investigated the company’s hiring policies, and two women have since been hired.
H3Cs Global did not return a request for comment on Tuesday.