Magazine article Workforce

Guilty, with an Explanation

Magazine article Workforce

Guilty, with an Explanation

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In 1998, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission presented Dial Corporation with an award for maintaining equal-employment practices "above and beyond" legal requirements. In 1999, the agency sued Dial, alleging that the company tolerated sexual harassment as "standard operating practice" at its Illinois soap-making plant. In April, the company settled the case by, among other things, agreeing to pay $10 million to its female workers. To see how the government truth-spinners reconciled these seemingly opposite actions, see the memo above.

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The Dial Corporation

vis-a-vis Commissioner Reginald E. Jones

Task Force Report On

"Best" Equal Employment Opportunity Policies, Programs & Practices In The Private Sector September 1977 & February 1998 (2d Ed.)

"Unfortunately, time and financial resources limited the scope of the group's work. The Task Force, as a whole, did not have the luxury of conducting site visits or validation studies of the [private sector companies'] submissions. [P]aper examinations were conducted relying on stakeholder submissions at face value, although follow up was done, where it was available and felt to be helpful. …

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