'Women are distractions': A $5 million mistake.

A furniture company routinely ignored job applications from women because, managers said internally, "women can't lift," they aren't good salespeople and female workers "would be a distraction" to male coworkers. Before the sex-bias lawsuit went to trial, the company wisely settled for a very distracting $5 million. (EEOC v. American Freight Mgmt.)

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