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Woman Wins Bias Suit

June 27, 1985

DALLAS (AP) _ The Grand Prairie headquarters of the worldwide Army and Air Force Exchange Service is biased against women in its promotion practices, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer ruled Wednesday in the case against AAFES, which provides retail goods and services at military installations.

The judge said he would decide later the amount of damages or other relief Neoma Shafer and other plaintiffs in the class-action suit should receive.

Buchmeyer ruled that a requirement that upper-level hourly employees agree to accept transfers to other states or countries is unfair to women because they generally earn less than their husbands and are less able to relocate.

The judge ruled AAFES didn’t provide enough evidence to support its claim that ″the mobility requirement is necessary to assure an adequate source of mobile employees.″

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