AFL Files Federal Civil Rights Complaint Against DICK’S Sporting Goods For Discriminating Against Moms, Using Illegal Employment Quotas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as part of its initiative under the AFL Center for Legal Equality, America First Legal (AFL) asked the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to open a civil rights investigation of DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. for multiple violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

Following the Dobbs decision, DICK’S announced a special employment benefit of “up to $4,000” in travel reimbursement for a employee, spouse, or dependent, along with one support person, to obtain an abortion. Although Title VII prohibits discrimination based on childbirth, DICK’S does not offer an equivalent paid benefit to a mother who has her baby. 

Title VII also prohibits discrimination because of race, color, national origin, or sex. However, DICK’S uses quotas in its workforce, and is specifically recruiting, hiring, and/or promoting workers because of race, color, national origin, or sex. Such conduct is patently illegal.

Accordingly, AFL has asked the EEOC to investigate DICK’S illegal employment practices.

Statement from America First Legal Senior Counselor and Director of Oversight Reed D. Rubinstein: 

Subsidizing travel for an abortion, while denying an equivalent benefit to a mother welcoming a new baby, is perverse and unlawful. Using racial balancing and quotas in hiring and promotion, as the company claims that it does, has been illegal for decades. DICK’S management is an avatar for the rot and danger of corporate wokeness,” Reed D. Rubinstein said. 

Read the AFL letters to the EEOC and to DICK’s Sporting Goods, Inc. here and here.

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