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Niles woman accuses business of discrimination

WARREN — A Niles woman has sued a Howland garden center for discrimination because she claims the business would not let her apply for a landscaper job.

The lawsuit filed by Tabatha Carpenter of 21 Gilbert Ave., Niles, was originally filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court but was transferred May 27 to a Trumbull County court.

The defendants are Creekside Gardens Inc., 3689 North River Road, and Melanie Meinke, a supervisor at the business.

According to the lawsuit, on May 26, 2020, Carpenter applied for a job at Creekside in responding to signage displayed at the business reading “Now Hiring.”

Carpenter, who noted she had two years of previous landscaping experience, asked for an application, but the employee at the store’s front desk told her the business did not hire women for landscaping, and hired only men for the job.

In noting that excluding women from jobs violated state and federal law, the woman again asked for an application, in which the employee handed her an application marked “in-store.”

Read more in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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