Carney R. Shegerian, founder of Shegerian & Associates, a Santa Monica-based law firm specializing in employee rights, has issued a statement aimed at all employees and employers in light of a recent high profile case concerning a company that settled with the EEOC out of court over allegations of sexual discrimination.

Ventura Corporation, a Puerto Rico-based wholesaler of makeup, beauty products, jewelry and other personal care items to retail sellers, agreed to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after it was revealed the company had engaged in a pattern or practice of refusing to hire men as Zone Managers and Support Managers. The EEOC also alleged that Ventura promoted Erick Zayas into a Zone Manager position after he complained about its discriminatory practices, only to set him up for failure and termination in retaliation for his opposition to Ventura’s sex-based hiring practices.

“This case serves as an important reminder that all men and women are protected from sexual discrimination in the workplace,” said Shegerian. “And not only does it serve as a reminder that men, like women, can become victims of sexual discrimination in the workplace, it is also a reminder that retaliation against employees who file a complaint about harassment or discrimination is also illegal. We applaud the EEOC for its diligence in bringing such high profile cases to the attention of the general public.”

An experienced trial attorney and Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winner for 2013, Shegerian has tried many jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court, representing individuals that have suffered financial or emotional losses and have been wronged by employers, including major corporations. Shegerian has built a remarkable career on helping those who have been wronged in the workplace. His remarkable success rate is highlighted by over 68 jury trial wins, including 28 seven and eight figure verdicts representing employees.


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