Government says factory refused to hire women

CLEVELAND (AP) - The government has filed a sexual discrimination suit against a northeast Ohio company that it says refused to hire women for factory jobs.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit this week against Salem-based Quaker Manufacturing Corp. and an agency that screened job applicants.
EEOC lawyer John Sargent says the company believed women weren't strong enough to do the lifting needed on the job.
Quaker Manufacturing general manager Don Hartman has declined comment. The company has about 90 workers.
Marland Billiter, 30, of Salem, says she applied for a job as a stamp-press operator at Quaker in May 2001. She says Betz Job Services, which screened applicants, wouldn't consider her.
Billiter says she wanted a chance to show the company she could do the job.
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