The EEOC said it found that the company, doing business as Lawry’s the Prime Rib, Five Crowns, and Tam O’Shanter Inn, had a policy barring men from being hired as servers since 1938. While, Lawry’s claimed the policy was based on tradition, the EEOC found the policy adversely affected a class of men on the basis of sex, according to the announcement.
Lawry’s agreed to change its “tradition” and actively promote the hiring of men into server positions. The three-year decree, pending court approval, requires Lawry’s to provide monetary relief and develop a class fund in the amount of $500,000; pay over $300,000 to institute an advertising campaign regarding the hiring of food servers; pay $225,000 for training all of its employees on compliance with Title VII and related laws; and appoint an equal employment opportunity officer to ensure compliance with the decree, among other things.
The EEOC’s investigation and subsequent lawsuit was initiated by a charge of discrimination filed in March 2003 by a male applicant in Las Vegas.