EEOC: Gender Discrimination and Retaliation by Maxwell House

On October 27, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) slapped Maxwell House Coffee (a division of Kraft Foods) with a federal lawsuit for gender discrimination and retaliation, pursuant to the claims of Francena Smith, a worker at Maxwell House’s Jacksonville, Florida coffee plant. The EEOC claims that the coffee company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by disciplining Smith more than her male co-workers and then firing her because she was a woman. Back in March, an independent arbiter ordered Smith to be reinstated in her position. But she did not collect any damages from that order. The EEOC may file suit independently and seek additional/other damages.

The Illinois-based Kraft Foods takes in over $40 billion in revenue per year. This makes the food provider the second largest food company on earth.

If you or someone you care about has been subjected to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, or other workplace mistreatment (such as wage and hour violations), and your employer is a giant company like Kraft Foods, you may feel discouraged. After all, seeking damages against a large company takes tremendous resources and energy – resources and energy you don’t have.

Fortunately, claimants like you don’t have to take on big abusive corporations alone. Advocacy organizations, like the EEOC, as well as private employment discrimination law firms, like Joseph & Kirschenbaum, can help you aggressively respond to mistreatment and get remunerated for damages, including lost wages and punitive damages. Depending on the situation, you may be able to get reinstated in your former position and even compel sweeping reforms to the company’s internal policies.

Connect today with the law firm of Joseph & Kirschenbaum at, or call (212) 688-5640 to learn more about your rights and organize a coherent and strategic plan of action to demand justice and compensation.

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