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December 16, 1983 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 16, 1983 15

o California Bias Case Leads
Firm to Modify Hiring Policy

NEW YORK — A
California company
charged with violating
anti-bias laws by dis-
criminating against Jewish
applicants for work in Saudi
Arabia has agreed to modify
its hiring practices and to
pay monetary damages to a
plaintiff.
The settlement of a law-
- suit between the Trainex
Corp. in Garden Grove.,
Calif., and the state of
California requires the
company to pay damages to
Paul I. Lobell, who claimed
he was denied a teaching
position in Saudi Arabia
solely because he is a Jew.
Trainex will also change
part of its job application
process, as part of the set-
tlement.
The. lawsuit was spon-
sored by the American
- Jewish Congress on Lobell's
behalf. Joel P. Kelly, one of
the AJCongress lawyers re-
presenting the plaintiff,
called the decision of the
California Department of
Fair Employment and
Housing (DFEH) to issue an
accusation against Trainex
a "watershed in fair em-
ployment enforcement." He
noted that the DFEH in ef-
fect has warned that
California employers may
not help the Saudi Arabians
"weed out" Jews who wish
to work in their country.

DFEH, which is
charged with enforcing
fair employment laws in
California, "has told em-
ployers for the first time
that they cannot disre-
gard California's fair
employment law with.
impunity simply because
the employment is con-
templated to take place
outside California," Kelly
said.
Trainex Corp. is a sub-
sidiary of Baxter Travenol
Laboratories of Illinois.
Trainex conducts English-
language training in Saudi
Arabia for medical techni-
cians.

Lobell's complaint to the
DFEH charged that in May
1982 he was turned down by
Trainex for a job as a
teacher in Saudi Arabia
only because of his religion.
Before the company learned
he was Jewish, Lobell said,
he was informed he had
been hired. He noted that he
had been given a physical
examination and had
signed an employment con-
tract. Ten days later, when
Trainex discovered he was
Jewish, he was told by a
company official that he
could not have the job be-
cause of his religion, Lobell
asserted.
After examining the
facts, the DFEH issued a
formal accusation against
Trainex. In addition to cit-
ing religious discrimination
in Lobell's case, the state
agency charged the com-
pany with engaging in an
illegal employment policy
by requiring all applicants
for jobs in Saudi Arabia to
complete a Saudi Arabian
visa application as a condi-
tion of employment.
Because the Saudi Ara-
bian visa appTication re-
quired disclosure of. reli-
gious - preference, the
DFEH charged that
Trainex's process had the ef-
fect of assisting the Saudis
in their discrimination
against Jews, Kelly said.











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