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West Virginia

Nurse Fights Gender Issue

Source: Toby Coleman, Charleston Daily Mail
Date: February 2, 2004

On a cold January day four years ago, a registered nurse named Michael Slivka walked through the maternity ward in Parkersburg's Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and asked for a job. He had the right qualifications. He had the right experience. But he still didn't get the job. The reason: he's a man. "I was kind of shocked," Slivka said. "I didn't think that kind of discrimination existed anymore." In the era of two-income families, male secretaries and female chief executive officers, few employers reserve jobs specifically for one sex or another. Because of America's changing conception of gender roles and anti-discrimination laws, it's now possible to fly on a plane with a female pilot and a male flight attendant. But there still are sex-specific jobs. Loopholes in anti-discrimination laws allow employers to require women's bathroom attendants to be females and counselors at homes for troubled boys to be men. Now, the state Supreme Court is considering whether Camden-Clark can consider gender when hiring registered nurses for its maternity ward.

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