When a CEO’s company is sued for alleged discrimination against women
By Bobby Travel Agency | Jan. 12, 2018 12:18 p.m.
A lawsuit filed against a Detroit travel agency and its chief executive for alleged gender discrimination against female customers has been dropped by the company’s attorney.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Detroit, which accuses Travel Agency and its owner, Bill Mitchell, of sexual harassment, claims that Travel Agency discriminated against women by not offering enough female travel options, including the popular travel company Concorde.
The lawsuit also alleges Travel Agency is guilty of violating the federal Fair Housing Act and the Equal Pay Act by failing to adequately investigate complaints of sexual misconduct against male and female employees.
The suit was filed against Mitchell in September 2018 by the National Women’s Law Center and the National Coalition for Men, who are representing Travel Agency.
The complaint alleged Mitchell sexually harassed women employees during a five-year period and was also responsible for paying the salaries of at least six female employees, according to the complaint.
Travel Agency has denied the allegations.
Travel Agency has hired outside law firms to investigate the claims.
The firm, Withers, Brier and Jones, has filed a motion to dismiss the case on Monday, the company said.
The company also said it is appealing the dismissal of the lawsuit.
The National Women, Equality and Human Rights Commission has called for the travel agency to be required to include a notice to women employees, including in job postings, about the need for equal pay for equal work.
The agency has a policy of not including such a notice in job applications, according the commission.