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Roto-Rooter Accused of Sex Discrimination

ST. LOUIS (CN) - Roto-Rooter hires only men for upper management positions, according to a federal class action. Debra Ring says only one woman holds one of Roto-Rooter's more than 100 upper management positions - and that woman has been unfairly demoted twice and is suing the company for gender discrimination.

Roto-Rooter routinely gives jobs paying $50,000 or more to men, many times without even posting the position, Ring says.

Ring claims that despite her sterling record as an office manager, Roto-Rooter gave a sales specialist position to a man without giving her a chance to apply for it. The man has a higher salary and a company car, which Ring does not.

Ring says she repeatedly expressed a desire to advance to upper management during her 11 years with Roto-Rooter, but her general manager Rick Maloney told her there was nowhere to advance to and that she was at the top of her pay scale.

The class consists of female Roto-Rooter employees who have been unfairly denied upper management opportunities. It seeks actual and punitive damages, wants Roto-Rooter enjoined from continuing its discrimination and required to create a long-term plan to ensure the discrimination is stopped.

The class is represented by John Campbell.

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