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Ohio Jail Proved Defense in Suit Over Sex-Based Scheduling Rule

April 7, 2021, 8:12 PM

An Ohio corrections officer failed with a sex-based challenge to her employer’s policy requiring at least two female officers on every shift because the rule was shown to be justified by legal, privacy, and safety concerns, the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

Warren County, Ohio, established the “bona fide occupational qualification” defense to Shonda K. Million’s sex discrimination claims, the court said.

That prevented Million from proving sex bias even though the policy was discriminatory on its face and resulted in female officers at the Warren County Jail being unable to compete fairly with male officers when new shifts are bid...

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