Rolls-Royce settles sex discrimination claims in Virginia

The Rolls-Royce aircraft components manufacturer in Prince George, Virginia, employs hundreds of people, and Rolls-Royce is a household name across the country. It can be intimidating for those who work at large international corporations to feel like they have a voice. However, one time where any Virginia worker should never be afraid to take appropriate actions is if they feel they were discriminated against in the workplace.

Rolls-Royce settles sex discrimination claim

Rolls-Royce, the aircraft components manufacturer, has reached a settlement in a sex discrimination claim in the amount of $135,000 to 26 female employees at its Prince George, Virginia, factory who were overlooked for machine operating roles. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs reported that in addition to back pay plus interest, four of the female women were also given jobs at the facility.

Rolls-Royce disputes allegations

According to the federal agency, the facility discriminated against the women when they applied for the machine operating jobs in 2017. Rolls-Royce denies any wrongdoing. The reported that they will strengthen their hiring practices and that the allegations at issue were limited to one facility’s job classifications.

Take action against sexual discrimination

What we can take away from this story is that it is important for workers to understand that they do not need to take discrimination lying down. This is especially true for women who work in predominantly male industries. Women who are qualified for a job should not be overlooked simply due to their sex. Women who believe they were the victims of sex discrimination will want to take appropriate measures to address the situation, including filing a claim if necessary.