Capaci v. Katz & Besthoff, Inc., 525 F. Supp. 317 (E.D. La. 1981)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana - 525 F. Supp. 317 (E.D. La. 1981)
October 15, 1981

525 F. Supp. 317 (1981)

Andra A. CAPACI, Plaintiff,
and
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Plaintiff-Intervenor,
v.
KATZ & BESTHOFF, INC., Defendant.

Civ. A. No. 74-2743.

United States District Court, E. D. Louisiana.

October 15, 1981.

*318 *319 *320 Carl J. Schumacher, Jr., New Orleans, La., Dona S. Kahn, Philadelphia, Pa., for plaintiff.

James E. Miller, Cassandra M. Menoken, and Ethel M. Mixon, for plaintiff-intervenor.

Daniel Lund, James B. Irwin, New Orleans, La., for defendant.

CASSIBRY, District Judge:

The plaintiff Andra Capaci filed this employment discrimination suit on October 8, 1974, alleging that the defendant Katz & Besthoff, Inc., [K&B] had discriminated against her by (1) refusing to promote her to a managerial position while it continually promoted less qualified male employees; (2) subjecting her to disparate terms and conditions of employment; (3) retaliating against her after she filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission *321 [EEOC] through harassment and denial to her of a standard wage increase accorded to most other employees, and, finally, discharging her from her employment.

The court has jurisdiction of this sex discrimination case under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.

The EEOC which had determined as a result of the charges filed with it by the plaintiff in January, May and August 1973 that K&B had in fact discriminated against her, both by refusing to promote her and by retaliating against her for filing a charge, was permitted to intervene in the suit on July 19, 1977. Upon motion of the defendant the previously certified class was decertified on the condition that the EEOC would be permitted to prosecute the claims of the class. The EEOC took an active role in the trial of the case to prove that K&B had a policy and practice of discrimination against females by excluding them as a class from management positions. The trial of the case was limited to the liability issues.

The plaintiff Andra Capaci, a female registered pharmacist, has been an employee of K&B in the New Orleans, Louisiana metropolitan area since 1963.[1] K&B is a Louisiana Corporation domiciled in the City of New Orleans which operates a chain of drug stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The company, including its predecessor Katz & Besthoff, Ltd., has grown from one store opened in New Orleans in 1905 to eighty stores in 1979. The K&B organization was relatively small until 1971 when a period of rapid expansion began.

In 1973, the year Capaci filed her charge, the work force of K&B was largely female, but its managerial force was predominately male.[2] Until the time of her charge there existed basically two lines of progression to store-wide management positions at K&B. One line was from a manager trainee position to relief manager and progressively to assistant manager and manager. The other line prior to 1968 was from pharmacist to assistant manager to manager. The position of chief pharmacist was created in 1967 and thereafter this line was principally from pharmacist to chief pharmacist, and few pharmacists were promoted to store-wide management positions after that date. Capaci was never promoted to assistant manager or chief pharmacist during her 10-year period of employment with K&B.

 

THE EEOC CASE

The EEOC relies principally on its statistical evidence and the testimony of its expert Dr. Joseph L. Gastwirth to prove its allegation that K&B followed a policy and pattern of discrimination against females in its practice of excluding females from promotion to management positions after July 1965, the effective date of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To buttress its statistical evidence it produced one present employee and four former employees who testified that their impression was that K&B did not treat males and females equally in appointments to management positions, and it presented evidence of advertising practices of K&B to show that it preferred males over females in its management positions. The EEOC also urges the court to draw an unfavorable inference from K&B's failure to keep certain personnel records since the filing of the charge of discrimination in this case, allegedly in violation of the requirements of Title VII, § 709(c), and 29 C.F.R. 1602.14.

 

STATISTICAL EVIDENCE

The EEOC offered 79 statistical exhibits in three categories: (1) Referent Exhibits 1-26; (2) Manager Trainee Exhibits 1-17; and (3) Pharmacy Exhibits 1-36. The Referent Exhibits were for the most part presentations *322 of data from the 1970 Census on the civilian labor force in Louisiana which Dr. Gastwirth considered relevant to the K&B managerial force. The Manager Trainee exhibits were directed to proof that K&B excluded females from the manager trainee position, and the Pharmacy Exhibits dealt with discrimination in the promotion of female pharmacists.

Dr. Gastwirth made a variety of comparisons of the K&B managerial positions in his statistical studies. He compared the proportion of males and females in K&B's managerial force at certain periods of time with the proportion of males and females in various segments of the civilian labor force in Louisiana in 1970. Theoretically in these comparisons he used the various labor force segments as labor force pools of potential applicants for managerial positions at K&B. For example, he tested the probability of observing 3 or fewer females out of 201 officials and managers, assuming they were selected like a random sample from various labor force manager groups in Louisiana, all of which had been weighted according to the number of stores in the various labor markets served by K&B, and the lower bound of that weighting was used for the testing.[3] The manager groups used by Dr. Gastwirth for this test, designated by him as "Referents" and their respective fractions female are as follows:[4]

 
Referent                     Fraction Female
All Managers                      .1607
Retail Trade Managers             .1701
Retail General Merchandise
Store Managers                    .2364
Department and Sales
Managers (Retail Trade)           .2207

He found the probability of 3 or fewer females occurring by chance was less than one in a billion as to each group which is statistically significant at the accepted .01 level of significance.[5]

 

Manager Trainees

The only objective qualification for the position of manager trainee at K&B is a high school education. The highest annual salary for the period 1966-1973 was $7,488.00, or more when overtime was involved. The EEOC relies on three approaches in its statistical proof as to the manager trainee to prove that K&B discriminated against females in its hiring for the manager trainee position. First, it compared the proportion of males and females hired directly by K&B as manager trainees from July 1965 to January 1, 1973 with what it considered to be the relevant civilian labor force data for that position. Second, it compared the proportion of males and females hired as manager trainees during the years 1976 and 1977 with the proportion of males and females who applied for the position during those years. Third, it compared the distribution of males and females hired directly by K&B as manager trainees during the period July 1965 through December 1977.

K&B hired directly, as distinguished from promotion from within the organization, 265 males and 0 females between July 1965 and January 1, 1973. To test the probability of this proportion having occurred by chance, Dr. Gastwirth compared it with data for several groups of managers in the *323 civilian labor force in Louisiana derived by weighting the labor market areas served by K&B according to the number of stores in them. Those groups of managers and the respective fractions female are as follows:[6]

 
Referent                           Fraction Female
Managers Earning Less Than
$7,000 (in 1969)                      .3387[7]
Experienced Wholesale and
Retail Managers Earning
Less than $7,000 (in 1969)            .2766
General Merchandise Retail
Store Managers                        .244
Department and Sales Managers
(Retail Trade)                        .2809

He was testing the probability that K&B would hire 265 males and 0 females into its manager trainee position between July 1965 and January 1, 1973, if persons hired for the position were selected like a random sample from each of the above groups. His test results showed that the probability that 0 females out of 265 hired would occur by chance as to each group was less than one in a billion.[8]

Applicant flow data for the manager trainee position was available only for the years 1976 and 1977. The data included both outside applicants and those applying from within K&B, and showed the number of hires and the number of applicants for each year and for each sex, and the totals for both years were calculated.

 
                Males                              Females
                                 Percent                             Percent
             Applicants       Hires      Hired        Applicants    Hires    Hired
     1976      100          64      64.0        12           5      41.66
     1977      296          84      29.38       82          10      12.20
     Total     396         148      37.37       94          15      15.96

A chi-square test showed that the difference between the percentage of male applicants hired (37.37) compared to the percentage of female applicants hired (15.96) for the position of manager trainee during 1976 and 1977 is statistically significant. The probability of this difference occurring by chance is one in a thousand according to the test.

During the period July 1965-December 1977, 633 males were appointed as manager trainee, and 20 females were so appointed. 97.95 percent of the males were hired directly and 30 percent of the females were hired directly. The remaining percent for each sex were promoted from within, of course. The remaining 70 percent female were all promoted from the position of cashier. A chi-square test, which tested whether the distribution of male and female outside hires was equal, showed that the difference in the percentage of females (30%) and males (97.95%) is statistically significant. This difference has a probability of less than one in a thousand of occurring by chance.

K&B seeks first to discredit the statistical evidence of the EEOC. It urges the *324 court to reject the EEOC statistical case because its expert, Dr. Joseph L. Gastwirth, was a theoretical statistician with little qualification for the problems of applied statistics in this case. It emphasizes Dr. Gastwirth's complicated responses to some of the questioning, the great difficulty he had in explaining some of his statistical exhibits, his admitted failure to familiarize himself with the K&B operation, and his small expertise as a labor economist. These factors make the burden of the court more onerous, but they are not cause of themselves to reject his testimony and his exhibits as having no weight at all.

K&B also urges that much of the evidence of the EEOC has no relevance to the issue of discrimination in this case. The statistical proof of the EEOC as to the manager trainee position deals largely with manager trainee hires from outside the K&B work force. K&B contends that these statistics are largely irrelevant because they ignore the established practice of K&B to look first to its existing work force for new manager trainee candidates before going outside. The EEOC statistics would be irrelevant if the EEOC had combined those hired from outside and those promoted from within and compared the total to groups in the Louisiana labor force on the theory that those groups were the labor source pools. In the recent case Johnson v. Uncle Ben's, Inc., 628 F.2d 419 (1980), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the two issues of access to jobs in an employer's work force promotion and lateral hiring should be kept separate in scrutinizing statistical analyses.

The real issue here is whether the statistics are deficient because no statistical studies were made comparing those promoted from within to manager trainee with K&B's internal work force. The Fifth Circuit held in James v. Stockham Valves & Fittings Co., 559 F.2d 310 (1972), that for jobs filled by promotion, the relevant comparison is the company's internal work force. According to the Fifth Circuit in Uncle Ben's, supra, this statistical lack is not necessarily fatal:

 
The difficulty is that most cases fall between these extremes of exclusive promotion and of exclusive non-promotion [hires from outside]. As a general matter, however, cases are dealt with in terms of the extreme to which they most closely accord. * * * 628 F.2d at 425.

The extreme to which this case most closely accords is that the manager trainee position was filled by outside hires. When questioned about his failure to make studies of those promoted from within, Dr. Gastwirth testified that approximately 95% of those appointed to the manager trainee position were hired from outside the K&B work force.

The groups selected by Dr. Gastwirth based on Labor Market data from the 1970 Census are seriously questioned by K&B as not being appropriate for comparison to the manager trainee position or any management position at K&B.[9] Dr. Gastwirth was equivocal at some points in his testimony as to whether his groups were source pools for actual applicants or comparison groups for the manager trainee position,[10] but the explanatory language in his exhibits and his testimony as a whole indicate that in his studies he regarded the groups as source pools. K&B argues that these groups are not sufficiently representative *325 of its source of actual applicants to have any relevance to its hiring practices. It accuses the EEOC of using any available data without regard to its relevance to the K&B work force.

Dr. Gastwirth admitted that his groups include part time employees and the self employed, some of whom are not potential applicants for the manager trainee position, and that no data was available to him to make these refinements. The potential applicant pool will be further reduced in proportion female, according to K&B, by the lack of interest of females in applying for a job having a manager trainee schedule and work requirements. Dr. Gastwirth had not informed himself as to the nature of the job from these particular aspects of it.

The job requires the manager trainee to unload supply trucks, to put up stock, straighten up the store, and the work schedule includes night work, week end and holiday work. Dr. Charles J. Cranny, testifying for K&B as a labor economist with some expertise in industrial organizational psychology (the psychology of people at work), expressed the opinion that the requirements of the job, including the schedule, would substantially retard females from applying as compared to males. He offered no studies to support his opinion, and admitted that no data was available, but defended his opinion as being based on a reasonable explanation for the reason that the K&B manager trainee force had a smaller proportion female than the labor market groups.

To lend practical support to Dr. Cranny's opinion K&B offered two female witnesses who resigned from the manager trainee position because the schedule was too rigorous. There was also testimony from a female employee who had refused to enter the management program when approached by management, and from another who had made known to management that she was not interested because of the heavy manual labor involved and the week end work. There was additional testimony from males in management naming female employees who were sought out for the manager trainee program and who refused to enter it.

Dr. Gastwirth specifically questioned Dr. Cranny's opinion as to the effect of night work in reducing the number of potential female applicants. He admitted generally, however, that the data from the 1970 Census applicable to the managerial groups used as a basis for his studies was aggregated, that is, it needed refinement that he could not make, so that none of these groups would be the most appropriate to compare with any management job at K&B.

K&B accuses Dr. Gastwirth of using an inappropriate statistical approach in his testing of the data for manager trainee applicants and hires for the years 1976-77. Whereas Dr. Gastwirth combined all applicants and all hires throughout the K&B chain for those two years, K&B contends that the data should have been broken down and tested as to each locality where applications were received. The justification for this is that the applicants for a position open at one location, for example, Alexandria, Louisiana, cannot logically be regarded as applicants for a position at another location, for example, Lake Charles, Louisiana, so that the data should not be combined. Dr. Cranny tested the data as to each location and found a result of statistical significance at only one New Orleans.[11]

*326 For the sake of argument, Dr. Cranny used five of Dr. Gastwirth's groups taken from the 1970 Census data (and added two groups from EEO-1 summary reports for the State of Louisiana) and compared them with the manager trainee hire and promotion data broken down by year for the period July 1965 through 1978 to show that there was no pattern of disparate treatment of females at K&B.

The Groups:

 
1. Civilian Labor Force (Percent Female 36.76)
 
2. All Managers (Percent Female 16.24)
 
3. All Retail Trade Managers (Percent Female 18.16)
 
4. All General Merchandise Retail Store Managers (Percent Female 24.40)
 
5. Department and Sales Managers Retail Trade (Percent Female 28.09)
 
6. EEO-1 Report Summary by State: Officials and Managers, New Orleans SMSA (Percent Female 13.2)
 
7. EEO-1 Report Summary by State: Officials and Managers, Louisiana (Percent Female 11.4)

(He considered the EEO-1 groups less inappropriate than Dr. Gastwirth's groups for comparison purposes.)

 
     The Hire and Promotion Data:
     7-12/65      1966   1967   1968   1969   1970   1971   1972   1973
     M    12        20     28     31     32     42     47     54     71
     F     0         0      0      0      0      0      0      0      0
       1974       1975   1976   1977   1978
     M   93         55     67     85      1
     F    1          3      5      8     11

Dr. Cranny reported his test results at .01 and .05 probability levels and N.S. (not significant). He found no pattern of disparate treatment over these years at the .01 level even after correcting several errors in his calculations which were called to his attention by the EEOC.[12]

*327 Dr. Gastwirth objected to Dr. Cranny's approach of testing for each year as being inefficient because it resulted in reducing the sample size, thus making more difficult a rejection of the null hypothesis that males and females were appointed in equal proportions. He was further of the opinion that it was not proper to separate the data by year for the period that the percentages were the same (1965-1972, 100% males and 0% females were appointed) because similar data should be pooled for testing. He did not demonstrate, however, how the lack of pattern would have changed if Dr. Cranny had pooled the data for those years and separated it only for the period 1973-1978. Dr. Gastwirth also suggested that a pattern may be hidden because the probabilities were reported at the .01 and .05 levels rather than the exact probabilities.

To the serious and substantial objections K&B has made to the labor force groups which the EEOC used for comparison with the manager trainee group, and to the techniques the EEOC used in presenting its statistical evidence, the EEOC has made no argument to sustain its groups as relevant either as source groups or as comparison groups, or to sustain its questioned techniques.

Statistics can serve as a useful tool in pattern and practice suits in the determination of whether defendants have engaged in employment discrimination. International Brotherhood of Teamsters v. United States, 431 U.S. 324, 97 S. Ct. 1843, 52 L. Ed. 2d 396 (1977). In this case, for example, if appropriate data has been collected and properly interpreted, statistics can determine whether disparities in the form of underrepresentation of females in the K&B managerial work force can be attributed solely to chance factors. Where gross statistical disparities can be shown, statistics alone may in a proper case constitute prima facie proof of a pattern or practice of discrimination. Hazelwood School District v. United States, supra note 9; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Datapoint Corporation, 570 F.2d 1264 (5th Cir. 1978); Davis v. Califano, 613 F.2d 957 (D.C.Cir.1979); Markey v. Tenneco Oil Company, 635 F.2d 497 (5th Cir. 1981); Little v. Master-Bilt Products, Inc., 506 F. Supp. 319 (N.D.Miss.W.D.1980). To have such force the statistics must be relevant, material and meaningful. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Datapoint Corporation, supra; Johnson v. Uncle Ben's, supra.

*328 To be relevant as source groups for comparison with K&B's manager trainee force, the labor force groups used by the EEOC must be the proper population of potential applicants for the manager trainee job. All of the basic referent groups are admittedly aggregated, that is, they contain persons who are not truly potential applicants. Furthermore, all of the groups are aggregated because of the female self-selection factor. Dr. Cranny's opinion on this factor as affecting the potential applicant pool has a reasonable basis that would remove it from the realm of mere surmise or conjecture. The data was aggregated, therefore, and there is no certainty as to how much it was aggregated. Dr. Gastwirth admitted that figures were not available for him to refine the data.[13]

As mentioned earlier, Dr. Gastwirth in his testimony at times appeared to be regarding the manager groups taken from census data as comparison groups, but he did not show how they could properly be considered as comparison groups, and the EEOC in its arguments does not indicate that it proposes any of them as comparison groups. All of the groups included data on businesses not comparable to the K&B operation, such as boutiques and dress shops. Dr. Cranny indicated that a comparable management level job in other chain pharmacies, or even in grocery chains, would provide an appropriate comparison group, but no data is available for either.

The EEOC does not defend its statistical approach in testing the data for manager trainee applicants and hires for the years 1976-77 against the charge of K&B that the data combining all applicants and hires for the two years should have been broken down by locality. There was no testimony from Dr. Gastwirth explaining how his approach was preferable to Dr. Cranny's.

The value of testing the distribution of the percentages of male and female outside hires for the manager trainee position, as compared to the percentages of males and females promoted from within, for showing a pattern and practice of discrimination was never explained in testimony or otherwise by the EEOC. Statistics should be meaningful, and not fashioned to obtain a desired conclusion. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Datapoint Corporation, supra.

 

Pharmacists

Statistically, the EEOC analyzed its allegation of discriminatory promotion practices from the standpoint of the pharmacist position. The purpose of the analysis was to test the validity of the hypothesis that male pharmacists and female pharmacists had an equal chance of being promoted to a management position at K&B. The promotion practices were surveyed from various viewpoints and for several periods.

First, Dr. Gastwirth examined how female pharmacists fared in promotion to management positions prior to the effective date of the Civil Rights Act, July 1, 1965. Second, he examined the relative length of service between male and female pharmacists prior to promotion. Third, he compared the proportion of male and female pharmacists promoted during certain periods with the proportion of male and female pharmacists hired during the period. Fourth, he examined as of January 1973 (1) the distribution of jobs according to the level of desirability of all employees who at some stage of their employment had been *329 pharmacists, and (2) the proportion of male and female pharmacists at K&B in managerial and staff positions in comparison to the proportion of males and females in those positions in community pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana during 1973.

Dr. Gastwirth tested the probability of equal promotion of male and female pharmacists in the K&B work force as of July 1965 who were appointed before Capaci was appointed pharmacist those appointed between June 1949[14] and January 1963 and who were promoted prior to July 1, 1965, the effective date of the Civil Rights Act. His data showed that out of 29 males and 6 females, 65.5 percent (19) of the males were promoted and 0 females. The Fisher exact test gave this comparative rate of promotion a probability of .0049, or less than one-half of one percent, statistically significant.

Dr. Gastwirth extended the appointment period June 1949 to July 1, 1965 and the data changed. Out of 39 males and 13 females, 51.28 percent (20) of the males were promoted and 0 females. The Fisher exact test showed this difference to be statistically significant with a probability of less than one in a thousand.

Using the Wilcoxin-Mann-Whitney test Dr. Gastwirth determined that there was a statistically significant difference for males and females in the time from appointment as pharmacist to promotion (either to chief pharmacist or a store-wide management position) of the 41 pharmacists promoted during the period July 1, 1965 through January 1973. The two females who were promoted had service times of 229 and 97 months from appointment to promotion. These were the largest service time (rank 41) and the third largest (rank 39). The probability of this extreme rank order for the females occurring by chance was less than one-half of one percent statistically significant.

When the test was limited to data on time from hire to promotion to chief pharmacist (females ranked 25 and 24 out of 26 rankings) the results showed that the probability of observing this difference between males and females in time to promotion was .0123, and statistically significant in the opinion of Dr. Gastwirth.

The proportion of male and female pharmacists who had been hired in the period from July 1, 1965 to January 1, 1973 and who had received a promotion during that period, was compared. Twenty of the 196 pharmacists hired during that period were female, but of the 28 promoted during that period 0 were female. Using the Fisher exact test the probability of observing this difference is .049.

A statistical comparison was made of the proportion of male and female pharmacists hired between June 1963, the date plaintiff was hired, and January 1, 1973, just prior to the charge, who were promoted to chief pharmacist or store-wide management position during that period. Out of 220 hired (191 males, 29 females) 34 males (17.8%) and 0 females were promoted. The probability of observing so few females promoted is less than .0082, statistically significant at the .01 level of significance.

How female pharmacists fared in promotion to assistant manager was tested. From the inception of the Civil Rights Act, July 1, 1965, to December 31, 1977, 273 males were hired, 24 of whom were promoted to assistant manager. Seventy-nine females were hired and none was promoted. This difference tested at a probability of .0022, which is statistically significant.

The 145 positions held as of January 1973 by employees who were pharmacists at some stage of their employment with K&B were examined on the basis of their distribution among males and females according to their wage level of desirability (top level *330 supervisor, manager, buyer; middle level assistant manager, chief pharmacist; lower level pharmacist). Twenty-six males and 0 females held top level positions, twenty-four males and one female, middle level, and eighty-three males and 11 females, lower level. The Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxin test rejected the hypothesis that males and females had the same distribution of positions at the .05 level of statistical significance, but not at the .01 level.

A comparison was made of the managerial and staff positions held by male and female employees as pharmacists at K&B in January 1973 with those positions held by active resident pharmacists employed in community pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana during 1973. At K&B 1 of 51 managers was female, and 11 of 94 staff pharmacists were female. In the community pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes 30 of 430 managers were female and 96 of 519 staff employees were female. Dr. Gastwirth combined the probability of observing fewer females in manager and staff positions at K&B than in the other places of employment, and the overall probability was .007, statistically significant at the .01 level.

K&B charges that only by ignoring relevant facts and juggling dates was the EEOC able to present statistical evidence against it in its promotion of pharmacists. Under particular attack is the testing of data for those pharmacists hired between July 1, 1965 and January 1, 1973 and promoted during the same period. The data was to the effect that 0 females out of 20 were promoted, but 28 out of 176 males were promoted. By this juggling two females who were promoted to the chief pharmacist position in 1968 were eliminated because both were hired prior to 1965. These two were among the first six promoted after the position of chief pharmacist was created. Females were actually over represented in this instance. Furthermore, in its assistant manager test the EEOC tested data through 1977, but none of its tests were structured so that three females promoted to chief pharmacist in 1973 were included in the data.

K&B objects to the statistical evidence relating to time before the Civil Rights Act because K&B is not liable under the act for preact conduct. Preact conduct can be useful, however, in an examination of pattern and practice if the postact conduct is shown to be a continuation of an employer's preact discriminatory practices.

Those studies comparing the K&B pharmacists to those in community pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes are questioned as not being relevant because hospitals and nursing homes inflate the percentage female since those businesses traditionally attract a greater proportion female and therefore are not similar enough to community chain pharmacies to be comparable for statistical analysis. When the data on hospitals and nursing homes were eliminated, the result was not statistically significant.

Additionally, Dr. Cranny did not agree with Dr. Gastwirth's statistical method of combining the probability of the managerial group and the staff pharmacist group and multiplying the two to obtain the overall probability, which was significant at the .01 level. Dr. Cranny admitted that it would be statistically correct to multiply the results for the two groups if they were independent of each other, and he was not able to explain clearly that they were not independent. Dr. Gastwirth's justification for considering them independent was that one group was not taken from the other, that is, managers and staff pharmacists were not taken from the same pool, and Dr. Cranny was not able to demonstrate a basis for considering them dependent groups.

K&B argues that Dr. Gastwirth shifted his choice of level of significance to fit the EEOC position. Dr. Gastwirth agreed that to avoid the possibility of error in assuming that a nonchance reason accounted for the difference in the data on promotion of males and females, the .01 level of significance *331 was proper. K&B points out that he departed from this opinion in several of his tests and found statistical significance even when the test results showed a probability above the .01 level either by choosing the .05 level or by using such terms as "marginally significant". This occurred in his test of job level distribution as of January 1973 of all employees who had been pharmacists at some time in their employment at K&B. This test was also subject to the single date testing objection, and the further objection that the data included preact employment decisions.

K&B offered its own statistical evidence for the purpose of showing that statistical evidence does not support an inference of discrimination against females in its promotion of pharmacists.[15]

Dr. Cranny performed a median test to test whether the median time for promotion to chief pharmacist for males and females differs in a statistically significant way. The results showed there was no significant difference in the distribution of time to promotion in months during the periods 1965-73, 1973-78, and the combined period 1965-1978 (chi-square tests for the two periods and combined were, respectively, 1.05, 1.15 and .05).[16] By utilizing this median test Dr. Cranny explained that he was looking at the typical time to promotion, whereas Dr. Gastwirth, by using the Wilcoxin-Mann-Whitney test to test the difference in the length of time to promotion, was testing the similarity of the shapes of the two distributions male and female , and statistical significance will be obtained if the two distributions do not match, regardless of the manner one distribution does not match the other.

Dr. Cranny questioned the validity of Dr. Gastwirth's reporting of mean or average length of time to promotion for males and females (163 months for females, 29.10 for males), while using the Wilcoxin test, as an inconsistency, because the Wilcoxin test makes no assumption about the symmetry of the distribution, but the average assumes a symmetrical distribution. Dr. Gastwirth denied that reporting the average time to promotion for male and female along with the results of the Wilcoxin test is misleading, but downgraded the average in importance as being "just a summary statistic."

Dr. Gastwirth agreed that the median test performed by Dr. Cranny would not result in statistical significance, but he considered it inappropriate as not being a statistical test powerful enough to test the hypothesis of equal distribution of time to promotion between males and females.

K&B introduced the results of several statistical tests performed by it to show that raw data, produced by Dr. Gastwirth *332 at his pre-trial deposition, when tested would produce nonsignificant results.

K&B tested the comparison of males and females promoted to chief pharmacist from July 1965 through December 1973 with the total number of each sex employed by it as pharmacists during that period and the results were not significant. A total of 215 males and 33 females were in the K&B pharmacy work force during this period, and of these, 32 males and 5 females were promoted to chief pharmacist. Dr. Cranny made a chi-square test of the proportions male and female promoted and the results were not significant .05 level. The test differs from the EEOC evidence testing promotions to chief pharmacist in that it has no cut-off hire date which would eliminate the females promoted during the period, and the test period extends to the end of 1973 rather than January 1973, the date of the charge. This extension of the test period allowed the three females promoted after April 1973 to be included in the data count.

Raw data provided by Dr. Gastwirth before trial, but not tested, also prompted K&B to test a comparison of male and female promotions to chief pharmacist of those who were hired after the plaintiff Capaci (i. e. after June 1963) and who were pharmacists before January 1973. Twenty of 179 males hired were promoted compared to 0 females out of 29 hired. Dr. Cranny utilized the chi-square test and the result, as corrected at trial, was 2.41, not significant. The EEOC challenged the chi-square test as the proper one because it is not precise enough in this instance where the testing would show that the number of females expected to be promoted out of 29 is so few 2.79, or about three. The challenge was based on the school of thought that the chi-square test should not be used when the expected value is less than five. Dr. Gastwirth preferred the Fisher Exact test here, and using a quick approximation of it, he concluded that females had a lower promotion rate than males, but he admitted that Dr. Cranny's chi-square result was not a "terribly bad" approximation.

Dr. Cranny defended his use of the chi-square test, and was of the opinion that the chi-square test should be rejected for the more precise Fisher Exact test only when the third or fourth decimal place is needed, and in testing for two decimal places, .01 or .05, the chi-square test is an adequate approximation. Dr. Cranny further explained that the actual number of females promoted will inevitably be fewer than the expected number shown in the testing when the male group from which the selection is made is much larger than the female group and the selection ratio is small. This is so because the larger group the more qualified persons will be found in it, and therefore the chance of the selection being made from that group, rather than the smaller one, increases.

For separate periods July 1, 1965 through January 1, 1973 and July 1, 1965 through December 31, 1973 Dr. Cranny tested the comparison between proportions of male and female pharmacists promoted to a store-wide management position. In the first period, according to Dr. Gastwirth's data, of 215 males at K&B during the period, 18 were promoted, and of 33 females, 0 were promoted. In the second period, of 242 males, 18 were promoted, and of 39 females, 0 was promoted. The results of the chi-square tests were not significant at levels 1.87 and 1.98 respectively.

Since the chief pharmacists and store-wide managers who are pharmacists are drawn from the same pool the pharmacy work force Dr. Gastwirth disagreed with the technique of analyzing the promotion to these two categories separately as Dr. Cranny did. He disagreed because once a pharmacist is chosen from the pool for promotion to chief pharmacist, that same pool can no longer serve as the pool for promotion to assistant manager. This is so because the pharmacist promoted to chief pharmacist is no longer available for promotion to a store-wide management position assistant manager. That promoted pharmacist is removed from the pool. He disapproved *333 therefore of comparing separately one promotion category store-wide management position with the total pharmacy pool.

The proper analysis in his opinion, where two categories are promoted from the same pool, is a two-step analysis. The first step is to look at those pharmacists who are not promoted and those promoted, and the second step is to look at those who were promoted to ascertain the category to which they were assigned. By this analysis the total number of pharmacists is classified into three groups those not promoted, those promoted to chief pharmacist, and those promoted to assistant manager. The first question to be answered is, were the promotion rates of males and females equal, and the second is, of those promoted, were the assignment rates equal? The purpose of this analysis is to examine the equality of distribution of assignment of males and females to each of the two categories, that is, to determine if the distributions are the same equal percentage male and female promoted to chief pharmacist, equal percentage male and female promoted to store-wide management.

Dr. Gastwirth demonstrated his analysis by the example of a total of 100, 70 not promoted, 15 promoted to chief pharmacist, 15 promoted to assistant manager. If 15 of the males were promoted to assistant manager, 15 of the females would be expected to be promoted to assistant manager. If 15 males were promoted to chief pharmacist, the expectation female would be 15.

He represented that the mathematical equivalent of this analysis was made by him when he combined those pharmacists promoted to chief pharmacist and store-wide management position between June 1963 and January 1973, who were hired during the same period, to compare statistically the proportion of males and females promoted. His explanation of this test on his direct examination and the explanation of the test in the exhibit introduced to demonstrate the data and test results do not reveal any such technique was followed. According to him, the second step of the analysis was eliminated as not being essential when his data showed 0 females were promoted, thus he had no distribution of males and females to compare in the chief pharmacist and store-wide management categories. He concerned himself only with the first question, therefore, were the promotion rates of male and female equal?

His criticism of Dr. Cranny's technique of testing separately the two categories did not include his own application of his preferred technique to data used by Dr. Cranny to show the statistical result.[17]

Dr. Gastwirth further objected to separating the promotion categories, chief pharmacist and store-wide management for testing because separating them reduced the sample size and made more difficult any meaningful statistical testing of the issue of whether the female promotion rate was equal to the male.[18]

To show generally that K&B did not discriminate against females in its pharmacy work force, Dr. Cranny compared the proportion female from July 1, 1965 through January 31, 1973 (of 248 pharmacists, .133% were female) with three labor force groups:

 
1. Proportion female (.11) of active resident pharmacists in Louisiana;
 
*334 2. Proportion female (.09) of pharmacists practicing in community chain pharmacies in Louisiana.[19]
 
3. Proportion female (.1441), according to the 1970 census of employed pharmacists in the civilian labor force in markets in Louisiana served by the defendant.[20]

K&B has a higher proportion female than the first two groups, and the result of a statistical test comparing the proportion female at K&B with the third group is not significant. The EEOC has not questioned these comparisons.

The EEOC statistical tests of the data relating to K&B's promotion of pharmacists before the passage of the Civil Rights Act are reliable tests to raise an inference of pattern and practice discrimination against female pharmacists. Less reliable are the tests relating to pharmacists' promotions after passage of the Act. Particularly suspect is the EEOC's juggling of dates to eliminate from the data in some of its tests female pharmacists who were promoted after the effective date of the Act and before the date of the filing of the Capaci charge, so that 0 females was the consistent data tested.

All actual promotions of pharmacists after the Civil Rights Act, particularly those for the period 1965-73, were relevant to the issue of discrimination in this case. Dr. Gastwirth was not able to explain to the court the relevancy of the hire date to this issue in several of his studies in which the hire date had the effect of eliminating data on female pharmacists who had been promoted after the Act.

The inclusion of pharmacists in hospitals and nursing homes with the data on community pharmacies makes this group less appropriate as a comparison group to the K&B operation than a group limited to chain pharmacies. Furthermore, comparisons of these groups have a limited value because the tests involve only the year 1973.

 

NONSTATISTICAL EVIDENCE

To enhance its statistical proof the EEOC relies on the testimony of several females, some of whom applied for management positions at K&B and were allegedly rejected because of their gender, and some of whom were allegedly discouraged from seeking management positions.

Marsha Lee Abrams applied for a manager trainee job in Baton Rouge in September 1977.[21] She was never interviewed. Her education she had worked towards her doctorate at Columbia University and her extensive work experience in the publishing business clearly supports K&B's contention that she was in fact over qualified for the manager trainee job for which a high school education was the only qualification and which involved a substantial amount of manual labor. Two positions were open in Baton Rouge at the time Abrams applied. One was filled by a male, and one was filled by a female salesperson, Madeline Hopwood, who was promoted to the manager trainee position. Furthermore, according to the applicant-hire data which is available in this case and which includes the period of Abrams application, of 11 female applicants in Baton Rouge, four were hired.

Patricia McAuley testified that she applied for a manager trainee job in June or July 1974 and was told by William Serda, K&B personnel director, that she was not qualified for the management program and that it was not then open for women. She had been hired as a drug clerk in 1971 and, after making two more applications to become a manager trainee, she was appointed *335 to that position in January 1976.[22] The weight of her testimony in recalling that Serda remarked that the management program was not open to women is lessened by her further recall that he told her to try again, and by the fact that a female, Joyce Innerarity was at that time in the program, having been promoted from a salesperson to manager trainee in February 1974.

Viewing McAuley's testimony from the standpoint of her ultimate success in being accepted into the management program, it can be interpreted as evidence that, if a female wanted to be in management, and could convince the personnel director that she was qualified, being female would not exclude her.

Carol Baughman, the head cosmetician in the Bogalusa, Louisiana store is an employee allegedly discouraged from entering management. She made an application at the insistence of her male assistant manager, Mr. Sheler, for a relief manager opening in that store in 1976. She made the application on the last day K&B was receiving applications, and she heard the next day that a male had got the job.

A relief manager position became available again in August 1977. This time her manager Mr. Hopper asked her if she intended to apply again, and in response she asked Hopper if he thought she would make a good relief manager.[23] He told her he thought she would make a good one and she made the application.

On the last night that applications were being taken her assistant manager Mr. Sheler told her he thought she had the job if she wanted it, and asked her how much did she want the job. After some conversation she told Sheler she was withdrawing her application. According to her, she withdrew her application because she knew she was about to have surgery and she did not want to inconvenience the other managers because of it, although she did not disclose to Sheler any information about her impending surgery.

The EEOC was not making its point for calling this witness and the Court took over the interrogation to ask the witness to search her mind for anything discouraging said to her in the conversation. At this prodding she recalled that Mr. Sheler had told her that, although he was the one who had talked her into making her first application, she was a lady and this was not the kind of job he thought she could handle. The crucial point of whether this remark was made before she told him to withdraw her application or afterwards was not established by her testimony. She testified that Mr. Sheler never suggested that she should withdraw her application, that its withdrawal was wholly voluntary, and that she believed she would have got the job if she had not withdrawn it. However, if the remark of Sheler was made before she told him to withdraw her application, it could be construed only as encouraging her to withdraw it. If his remark was made after the withdrawal, it could be construed as an effort to make her comfortable with her decision and to indicate that perhaps he had been wrong to encourage her to apply.

Linda McBride, a former employee of K&B from 1973 to 1976, serving first as cashier and then as drug clerk, and a former roommate of Patricia McAuley, felt that she had been discouraged from applying for a management position because her managers would not give her information as to what the qualifications were for manager and because her roommate Patricia McAuley had so much trouble entering management. She testified that she wanted to know if a high school diploma, or a college degree or managerial experience was required. When she inquired as to these possible qualifications of one relief manager, Robert Williams, he did not tell her the qualifications, but told her instead that she would not be able to unload stock trucks, catch shoplifters and do other heavy *336 work. She recalled talking to her manager Tom Gereighty about the requirements, but she could not recall what he said to her. She admitted that she never asked her roommate what the qualifications were, and that she did not apply for a manager trainee job because she did not want to go through the "hassle" of proving herself to the company.

The testimony of Grace Taylor Miller, a pharmacist who commenced her employment with K&B in 1931 as a cashier, is relied upon by the EEOC to show that she performed the duties of managers but was never officially promoted. The EEOC does not state the basis for its contention as to lack of official promotion. Miller's employment record which is not disputed, shows that she was promoted from pharmacist to assistant manager on November 11, 1955 and that she was promoted from pharmacist to chief pharmacist on July 1, 1968.[24] Miller did not clarify what she meant when she testified merely that she never received the official title.

The further contention is made by the EEOC that Miller was never treated as a manager because, whenever she attempted to discipline or correct the behavior of a male subordinate, she was not supported by her male superiors. Any of her testimony that supports this contention is not identified or discussed. She testified at length about an incident in 1978 near the end of her employment with K&B when she considered that a subordinate pharmacist was infringing upon her authority when he took over the ordering for the pharmacy department with an explanation that the store supervisor had so instructed him. By her own testimony she did not attempt to discipline him, but instead waited to discuss the matter with the store supervisor.

When her supervisor told her that the subordinate was in error as to the instruction, reminded her that she was supposed to be the chief pharmacist and suggested that under the circumstances it would be better for her to get out, she construed the suggestion as termination and she did not return to work. All efforts by the store operations manager, Walter Feltman, to convince her that she had misconstrued the conversation and to get her to stay on were unsuccessful.

On an earlier occasion, when she considered that one of her subordinates was out of line, she left the store and went home. K&B transferred the subordinate to another store.

Her testimony as a whole does not show that she was not treated as a manager by K&B.

The charge that she did not receive the bonuses that other K&B managers were paid is not substantiated by any evidence other than her testimony that she did not receive bonuses. Chief pharmacists have never been included in the bonus program, and there is no evidence to show the policy as to bonuses when she was assistant manager in the 1950's.

K&B undertook to show affirmatively by nonstatistical evidence that it has never either before or after the Civil Rights Act, discriminated against females on the basis of their gender. Sidney J. Besthoff, III, president of K&B, joined the organization in 1949 when he finished college. His grandfather was one of the founders of the original predecessor organization and his father was an owner of this closely held company. He worked at a number of positions in the company including assistant manager in 1949 or 1950, personnel manager in the early 1950's, and later on store operations manager before he became president in 1965.

Besthoff regards himself as having been a leader in efforts to end racial discrimination. In the early 1960's K&B was the first local chain to integrate voluntarily its food service facilities. As a result of this action Besthoff, as a representative of the chain drug industry, was invited to attend a conference at the White House while John F. *337 Kennedy was President on the problem of racial discrimination in transportation and public accommodations. He supported the civil rights legislation which was later adopted.

Although the "early thrust" of K&B under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was a program directed to end racial discrimination in employment, Besthoff testified that the company had no real need for a recruitment program for females in management because females had been in management for many years before the Civil Rights Act, and the need for recruitment of females in management arose only after the expansion program for the company began in the early 1970's.

From 1947 through May 1965 nine females were promoted to assistant manager.[25] Of these Genevieve Ronquette was further promoted to personnel director in 1950, then made personnel manager in 1959 and retired in 1969; Lillian Hennessey was further promoted to manager in 1954 and retired in 1973; Blanche Callihan was further promoted to manager, but had an accident which prevented her from assuming the promotion; and Grace Miller's progression has been set out at length heretofore. What is notable about this documentation is that it reveals an alternative route to the pharmacy route to management for females before July 1965. Only one pharmacist, Grace Miller, is among the nine females promoted to assistant manager, and the others were all salespersons.

These promotions were made at a time in the company's history when store-wide management positions became available usually only on retirement or death of a manager. The operation was small in comparison to the expanded operation after 1970 when the company grew from 24 stores to 82 stores at the time of trial, and before the expansion period the executive level personnel evaluated the employees from personal knowledge of their performance and their capabilities. The testimony of Genevieve Ronquette, Lillian Hennessey, Blanche Callihan and Inez Nungesser is to the effect that they had not been treated differently from males by K&B in promotion to management.

Inez Nungesser commenced her employment in 1927 as a salesperson in the drug department of a high volume store on Canal Street in New Orleans. In 1953 the male assistant manager at her store died. She asked for the job and got it without experiencing any difficulty. She never aspired to become manager, even though the male manager retired before her retirement in 1972, and her testimony left no doubt that her entire employment at K&B had been a pleasurable experience.

When the male manager left the store where Lillian Hennessey was assistant manager in 1954, she became the manager and remained the manager until her retirement in 1973.

Blanche Callihan was approached on two occasions to become an assistant manager, and refused both times, before she finally accepted in 1965 a third offer to her for this position. She never applied for promotion to management and, when she finally consented to take the assistant manager position, her initial acceptance was only on a trial basis. She had the opinion that more women were not in management because they did not want the responsibility, and the fact that she was approached to be assistant manager rather than applying for a management position convinced her that women were not treated differently from men in promotion to management.

Genevieve Ronquette replaced a male when she was further promoted to personnel director in 1950 and she remained in management until her retirement in 1969.

Upon the effective date of the Civil Rights Act seven of the nine females still held management positions, but by the time Walter Feltman was hired as store operations manager in October 1966 two of them *338 had retired and one had died leaving only four females in management at that time Ronquette, Hennessey, Nungesser and Callihan. From that time until the Capaci charge was filed in 1973 five females were promoted to management, but none to store-wide positions. Three female salespersons were promoted to cosmetic supervisor, and two female pharmacists were promoted to chief pharmacist. There is also some evidence of isolated unsuccessful efforts about 1968 to recruit female employees into the manager trainee program, but no females entered that program until 1974.

William Serda became personnel director in March 1971, and at that time there were still only four females in management, one manager, one assistant manager, one chief pharmacist, one cosmetics supervisor. He realized that this situation made the company vulnerable to charges of violation of the federal law against discrimination, and for that reason and the additional reason that the company had an urgent need for manager trainees in the expansion program, which was within his area of responsibility, he made the recommendation to his superior Walter Feltman in 1971 or 1972 that females be encouraged to apply for managerial positions. The recommendation for affirmative action was taken under advisement, but was ultimately approved.

The promotion record does not indicate that the implementation of Serda's recommendation was immediate, and the written affirmative action policy was not published until 1976. Besthoff agreed that the Capaci charge was the impetus for the implementation of Serda's affirmative action recommendation. Thereafter the promotion of females into management has continuously accelerated. Several of those who were promoted after Serda became personnel director made clear in their testimony that from their experience at K&B their impression was that gender was not a factor in the promotion process at K&B.

 

The Advertising Evidence

To further bolster its statistical evidence the EEOC relies on K&B's manner of advertising for applicants for job vacancies during the period 1965-1971 as reflecting its policy of excluding females from managerial positions, and more particularly its policy of limiting the manager trainee positions to males. The EEOC researched the "Help Wanted" ads in the Sunday edition of The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans, Louisiana newspaper, from July 1965-July 1974, in the Morning Advocate, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper, at various times from August 1968-November 1974, in the Houma, Louisiana newspaper from October 1968-June 1975, and in the Lake Charles, Louisiana newspaper in December 1971 and January 1972. From this research it introduced 36 ads placed by K&B in the Times-Picayune from August 15, 1965-January 10, 1971 and six ads placed in the Morning Advocate in August and September 1968. To buttress its policy manifestation argument it contends that these ads violated section 704(b) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-3(b) by indicating a preference for males in the manager trainee and certain other ads, and by indicating a preference for females in the cashier, counter personnel and salesperson ads.[26]

The Times-Picayune had columns designated "Help Wanted Male", "Help-Wanted Female", and "Help Wanted Male or Female" which it did not discontinue until 1972. The manager trainee ads appeared in the male column and the cashier, counter girl, saleslady, sales clerk ads appeared in the female column.[27]

*339 The Morning Advocate had columns designated "Male Help Wanted", "Female Help Wanted" and "Help Wanted". The manager trainee ads appeared in the male column and the pharmacist ads appeared in the neutral "Help Wanted" column.

Genevieve Ronquette testified that she composed the ads for the Times-Picayune until her retirement in 1969, gave the order for the ads by telephone and designated the column in which they would appear. She had no instructions as to the column in which the ads should be placed, and she had a very simple method for making her placement decision, she designated the column according to her experience as to whether males or females could be expected to apply. Females, not males, applied for cashier, counter and sales jobs; males, not females, applied for management jobs. In other words, the ads were placed to attract applicants and she placed them where she considered they would get the best results.

Ronquette's method of column designation was expressly approved by the EEOC in a guideline issued on April 22, 1966 to employers in the area of "Job Opportunities Advertising", and which remained in effect through January 24, 1969:

 
Advertisers covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may place advertisements for jobs open to both sexes in columns classified by the publishers under "male" or "female" headings to indicate that some occupations are considered more attractive to persons of one sex than the other. In such cases, the Commission will consider only the advertising of the covered employer and not the headings used by publishers.

All of the ads she placed in the Times-Picayune for the manager trainee position after July 1, 1965 and before her retirement were neutral in their wording. No sex preference was indicated.[28]

All job applicants were interviewed first by Genevieve Ronquette. She held only a preliminary interview with the applicants for manager jobs and sent them to the personnel director Mr. Fred Olsen for further interview. She had no instructions that hires for any one job would be limited to those of a particular sex. In her 20 years in personnel management at K&B she testified that she never knew of anything that she did to discriminate against women.

The ad for personnel director that appeared in the Times-Picayune on January 10, 1971 was not neutral in its wording.[29] It was composed and placed with the newspaper by Walter Feltman, and he readily admitted that the wording indicating a preference for a male was wrong, and it was his mistake. He would have hired a qualified female, according to his testimony.

K&B admits that its series of ads in connection with the opening of three new stores in Baton Rouge in the summer of 1968 contain language indicating a preference for "young men" as manager trainees. To lessen the impact of these ads as indicating *340 any company policy, it introduced a copy of an ad appearing in the same Baton Rouge newspaper a few months later on January 26, 1969 in a neutral advertising column with neutral wording, and similar ads which appeared on February 8, 1970, June 1, 1970, March 21, 1971 and October 29, 1973. It also directs the court's attention to the testimony of John Irwin, an assistant manager of a store in New Orleans in 1968, relating to his efforts in that year to encourage a female employee to apply for a manager trainee position.

The evidence as a whole on the advertising issue causes the K&B ads selected by the EEOC to be less than persuasive as reflecting a policy of excluding females from the manager trainee program, and limiting the manager trainee positions to males. The manager trainee ads were all neutral in language except for the one series of three identical ads which appeared in the Morning Advocate in August and September 1968.[30] Although the nonneutral language of some of the other ads was not acceptable under the EEOC guideline in effect at the time, the majority of all the ads were composed by Genevieve Ronquette, who impressed the court as a truthful witness, and her testimony is clear that her practices in composing and placing ads were not to carry out any policy of discrimination against women, but to achieve the best results from the ads in the light of her experience as to the gender which would be more interested in the job vacancy being advertised.

 

The Record Keeping of K&B

Finally the EEOC urges that the impossible hurdle to its production of evidence in this case created by K&B's violation of the record keeping provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in failing to preserve the job application records for the manager trainee position should be removed by the court's drawing an inference of discrimination against the wrongdoer K&B. By this argument the EEOC is in effect urging that any weakness in its evidence as to discrimination in the employment of manager trainees should be overcome by the court's drawing an inference of discrimination from the alleged record keeping violation.

The basis for the inference urged is the equitable principle "omnia praesuntur contra spoliatorem" all things are presumed against the wrongdoer which has been applied when record keeping violations occurred in cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The EEOC contends that this equitable principle should be applied in this Title VII case, citing Hodgson v. Corning Glass Works, 330 F. Supp. 46 (D.C.N.Y. 1971); Mitchell v. Williams, 420 F.2d 67 (8th Cir. 1969); Shultz v. Wheaton Glass Co., 421 F.2d 259 (3rd Cir. 1970); Anderson v. Mt. Clemens Pottery Co., 328 U.S. 680, 66 S. Ct. 1187, 90 L. Ed. 2d 1515 (1946) to draw the inference urged.

Under Title VII, Section 709, 42 U.S.C. § 2003-8(c), employers are required to keep certain employment records:

 
Every employer ... shall (1) make and keep such records relevant to the determinations of whether unlawful employment practices have been or are being committed, (2) preserve such records for such periods [period of investigation of an employment discrimination charge] ...

The appropriate regulation promulgated by the EEOC is published in 29 C.F.R. 1602.14:

 
(a) Any personnel or employment record made or kept by an employer (including but not necessarily limited to application forms submitted by applicants and other records having to do with hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off or termination, rates of pay or other terms of compensation, and selection for training or apprenticeship) shall be preserved by the employer for a period of 6 months from the date of the making of the record or the personnel action involved *341 whichever occurs later. * * * Where a charge of discrimination has been filed, or an action brought by the Commission or the Attorney General, against an employer under Title VII, the respondent employer shall preserve all personnel records relevant to the charge or action until final disposition of the charge or action. The term "personal records relevant to the charge", for example, would include personnel or employment records relating to the aggrieved person and to all other employees holding positions similar to that held or sought by the aggrieved person and application forms or test papers completed by an unsuccessful applicant and by all other candidates for the same position as that for which the aggrieved person applied and was rejected.

The EEOC's argument as to which record keeping requirements were violated and how they were violated is very general and lacking in specificity. K&B denies that it violated the record keeping requirements and directs its argument to what appears to be the only possible requirement which could be urged against it the preservation of all personnel records relevant to a charge of discrimination until final disposition of the charge.

The allegations in the Capaci original charge filed with the EEOC in January 1973 and in her subsequent charges related to discrimination for failure to promote on the basis of sex, disparate terms and conditions of employment and reprisal and retaliation on the basis of sex. The complaint of Capaci filed in this court on October 8, 1974, as elaborated in her memorandum in support of the class action, was directed to the promotion practices of K&B.

No issue regarding discrimination by K&B in initial employment on the basis of gender was raised in the charge or in this case before the EEOC moved for permissive intervention on January 4, 1977. That motion and the supporting brief contained language broader than the original charge and the complaint. For example, in paragraph four of the motion, it is alleged that "The Commission's participation ... in this proceeding will promote the public policy of eliminating and preventing discriminatory employment practices based on race," and at page two of its memorandum "... the Commission will be able to aid the Court ... in formulating a remedy which will eliminate the discriminatory employment practices and provide adequate relief for the victims of unlawful discrimination."

K&B preserved, and produced upon the request of the EEOC, applications for the manager trainee position dated from July 1976 for unsuccessful applicants, and the applications of all successful applicants which were contained in their personnel files. The EEOC has been aware since December 1978, when its motion to compel answers to certain interrogatories was heard, of K&B's position that it was not required under the Act to preserve any earlier applications for employment because the treatment of applicants for employment and their applications were not relevant to this charge which focused on K&B's promotion practices. Yet it makes no response to K&B's position and makes no argument to show the relevance of employment applications to the initial charge and the complaint in this case. Under the circumstances of the posture of this case before the intervention of the EEOC, K&B cannot be regarded as having violated the record keeping requirements of the Act.

 

CONCLUSION

I conclude that the EEOC has not proved by a preponderance of the evidence its claim that K&B had a policy of excluding females from management positions.

The EEOC has presented a less than impressive statistical case. The relevance of the 1970 Census data used by Dr. Gastwirth has been so weakened by the challenge of K&B that the reliability of his statistical studies of the manager trainee position is in serious doubt. As the defense unfolded, it became obvious that the EEOC needed applicant flow data to make a strong statistical case as to the manager trainee job. Dr. *342 Gastwirth probably made the best use of the data which was available, but he was not able effectively to sustain its relevance to the job under study.

The pharmacy statistical case is weak also, mainly because Dr. Gastwirth structured some of his studies of the period 1965-1973 to eliminate inclusion of the female pharmacists who were promoted during that time. He was not able to explain how those studies were meaningful for the issue before the court.

The nonstatistical evidence of the EEOC adds little weight to its statistical case. The nonstatistical evidence produced by K&B shows that for many years before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, K&B had no policy or practice of exclusion of females from management positions. The males and females got to management by different routes, however. Male pharmacists became managers; female salespersons became managers.

Shortly after the Civil Rights Act became effective, the expansion program of K&B produced changes in the management promotion procedure for both males and females. The planning to increase the volume of retail merchandise over the volume of pharmacy business caused the practice of promoting pharmacists into store-wide management positions to be reduced. The route to these positions was through a manager trainee program for nonpharmacists. The pharmacy needed a pharmacist as manager, however, and the position of chief pharmacist was created in 1967 to which two females were promoted shortly thereafter.

The practice of promoting female salespersons directly to assistant manager ceased at about the time the Civil Rights Act became effective, and females were slow to enter the manager trainee program. As a result no female was promoted to a store-wide management position for almost nine years. The females who were promoted in that nine-year period were promoted to the positions of employment manager, cosmetic supervisor and chief pharmacist.

The inferences sought by the illegal advertising allegations and the record keeping violation allegations cannot be made to bolster the case of the EEOC.

 

THE ANDRA CAPACI CASE

Andra Capaci claims that she was discriminated against by K&B on the basis of her sex in the following ways:

 
1. She was denied promotion to a management position;
 
2. She was subjected to sexual harassment;
 
3. She was
 
(a) harassed
 
(b) terminated
 
in retaliation for the filing of her sex discrimination charges.
 

The Promotion Claim

Capaci has established a prima facie case of discrimination in K&B's failure to promote her to a management position under McDonnell Douglas Corporation v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 93 S. Ct. 1817, 36 L. Ed. 2d 668 (1973). She has shown (1) that she is a member of a protected class; (2) that she applied for, and as a competent pharmacist, was qualified for promotion to a management job that K&B was seeking to fill; (3) that she was not promoted; and (4) that the management position was subsequently filled by a person not a member of the protected class.[31]

Pharmacists were promoted into management positions at K&B, but no formal or written notice of available management positions was given to the employees, and no *343 formal or written application procedure was provided for before the time Capaci filed her charge. When a management position needed to be filled, the executives looked around for the best possible prospect among the personnel, and often called that person to offer the job. Capaci asked Feltman to consider her for promotion to a chief pharmacist as early as 1969 when a new K&B store was opening at the time. Paul Laneuse, a male pharmacist with five years less experience than Capaci, was promoted to the position. Her ambition to be promoted into management was known by Sidney Besthoff, III, William Serda and her supervisor for several years, James LeBlanc, but males continued to be promoted into management and she was passed over.

The burden shifts to the defendant K&B under McDonnell Douglas Corporation v. Green, supra, as clarified in Texas Department of Community Affairs v. Burdine, 450 U.S. 248, 101 S. Ct. 1089, 67 L. Ed. 2d 207 (1981), to rebut the presumption of discrimination raised by plaintiff Capaci's prima facie case by producing evidence that Capaci was rejected for promotion, or someone else was preferred, for a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason.[32] Should K&B carry this burden, Capaci then has the opportunity to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the legitimate reason offered by K&B was not its true reason, but was a pretext for discrimination. Capaci has the ultimate burden of persuading the court that she was the victim of intentional discrimination.

K&B has undertaken the heavy burden of producing evidence that Capaci did not meet subjective standards for promotion to a management position. It admits that she could fill prescriptions accurately, and that she was knowledgeable and conscientious about detecting forged prescriptions. Its contention is based on her alleged lack of concentration and lack of organization in her duties as a pharmacist, resulting from specific work habits which interfered with the efficient processing of prescriptions and the smooth operation of the prescription department.

Her superiors specific complaints against her for the 10-year period before she was terminated 1965 to 1975 were tardiness, excessive time on the telephone, too frequent and prolonged absences from the prescription department for talks with customers, visits to the cosmetic department to assist customers,[33] attention to personal matters and application of makeup while on duty.

Andrew J. Russo, the male pharmacist manager at Store No. 25 where Capaci served for five years from 1965 to 1970, aptly termed these habits separately as "small faults", but they became serious to him because the time consumed by them would cause an accumulation of prescriptions and create the frustrating situation of his having to assist to get rid of the backlog.

He reprimanded and counseled her repeatedly about her tardiness, which was aggravated by her having to put on makeup before she commenced work, and about the excessive time she spent on the phone with personal calls, and by allowing business calls to last too long. She would heed his reprimands and counseling about her responsibility as a professional and would improve for awhile, but then go back to her same "small faults."

*344 James LeBlanc, the supervisor for Store No. 25,[34] was aware of the problems Russo was having with Capaci. In his opinion her frequent tardiness was the biggest problem, and her receiving personal phone calls was a minor thing. His concern was about the length of time she took for the calls business or personal. In his words she "did not have the knack of speaking to a customer and helping a customer and then moving on to something else or gracefully hanging up and getting to the job at hand." When his warnings about her tardiness did not correct the problem, he made an appointment in 1968 for him and Capaci to meet with Feltman for the purpose of terminating her.

After he gave account to Feltman of his complaints, Capaci started crying and could not regain her composure for some time. The meeting with Feltman was terminated by LeBlanc taking the still crying Capaci into his office where, after finally regaining her composure, she promised to discontinue her habits which were the source of his complaints. Feltman decided that she should have another chance, much to LeBlanc's dismay, and she was allowed to remain at Store No. 25. She improved for a time and then the pattern continued slide back into old habits, reprimand, improvement, slide back into old habits, etc.

Russo finally gave up in his efforts to improve her performance by counseling "straighten her out", in his terms and in 1970 he requested that she be transferred from his store. Her sense of responsibility was too poor in his opinion to warrant promotion to chief pharmacist.

Capaci was transferred to Store No. 33, a larger store with a busier prescription department than Store No. 25. Her tardiness was a problem to George Neyrey the male pharmacist manager only when she was the only pharmacist on a shift, but the excessive time she spent on the telephone was a continuing problem. She was not able to keep up with the prescriptions, and, lacking the patience Andrew Russo had exhibited for five years, Neyrey had her transferred out of his store in six months.

She was transferred to Store No. 13, where a male nonpharmacist, Donald Mortenson, was the manager and the pharmacy department was managed by a chief pharmacist Paul Laneuse. It was a new store that had not built up a large prescription business. Nevertheless, her "small faults" continued here and created the same problem. Mortenson repeatedly counseled her about her tardiness, her abuse of the telephone, and her absences from the prescription department to no avail. He found her to be an employee not amenable to his management.

Paul Laneuse had a good relationship with her and he dated her on several occasions. His counseling of her about her repeated tardiness, which created a problem when she was the only pharmacist on duty, had no lasting effect on her. He and Mortenson made their complaints about her work known to James LeBlanc. With some reluctance, stemming from the unexpected failure of Feltman to follow his recommendation on the previous occasion, LeBlanc submitted the complaints again to Feltman for review and a meeting with Capaci was set up.

By this time Feltman had come around to the view that Capaci was never going to keep her promises to change her habits and that they posed a serious enough problem to terminate her. A pharmacist's termination had to be approved by Besthoff, III, however, and the causes for termination were gross dishonesty and irregular or unethical handling of drugs. When the complaints were presented to Besthoff by Feltman, his decision was to transfer her and give her another chance. She was transferred after 13 months at Store No. 13 to Store No. 20.

Capaci lasted only 5 months at Store No. 20. She failed to improve her work habits, and the chief pharmacist Robert Rugan, on an occasion when he was acting manager, "blew up" when she left the pharmacy department *345 unattended too long for a trip to the dressing room, grabbed her purse from her and attempted to fire her, although he lacked that authority. James LeBlanc went to the store when called by Capaci who complained that Rugan had assaulted and molested her.

LeBlanc determined that Rugan had a justifiable complaint and tried once more to have her terminated in a meeting with Feltman. Feltman was in agreement with LeBlanc, but Besthoff again vetoed the termination, deciding once more that she should be transferred again and given another chance. She was transferred to Store No. 10, which was under the jurisdiction of store supervisor Sydney Levet. LeBlanc had made it known that he would not have her in another store that he supervised.

Thomas Gereighty, the male nonpharmacist manager at Store No. 10 described his experience with her as "terrible". The demands were greatest on a pharmacist on the morning shift and Capaci's performance was so poor that he scheduled her for the less demanding middle and evening shifts. She performed poorly even on these shifts, and her habit of tardiness annoyed Gereighty so much that he warned her he would not tolerate it and considered it a ground for dismissal. In July 1972, some two months after she was assigned to Store No. 10, he sent a disciplinary report based on her tardiness to the office. She refused to sign it.

Shortly thereafter she made known to William Serda, the Personnel Manager, that she wanted a transfer from Store No. 10 because of her schedule and other problems, and that she wanted to talk to Besthoff. She also sent a telegram directly to Besthoff, III, requesting a meeting with him and his father.

Besthoff met with her on August 5, 1972 and she asked to be promoted to store supervisor. He considered with her the possibility of promotion to chief pharmacist, gave no consideration to the supervisor request, but gave her no promotion. Instead she was transferred to Store No. 26 on September 15, 1972.

Ira Levy, the male pharmacist manager at Store No. 26, worked along with her in the pharmacy department, and her poor work habits continued at that store, but he asked for her to be transferred after three months because her incompatibility with other personnel was causing dissension in the store. This prompted another meeting attended by Capaci, Besthoff, Feltman and Levet on January 5, 1973. By this time Besthoff was aware that Feltman, Serda, LeBlanc and Levet were uniform in their opinion that her employment should be terminated.[35] He had expressed himself to Feltman as wanting to do everything possible to reduce turnover in the company, especially in the professional staff and management. He was ever hopeful that the problems of any employee could be overcome by talking to the individual. Once more he refused to go along with the recommendation of termination.

Capaci was transferred to Store No. 24 and Feltman told her that this was her last transfer if she did not make it there, she would be terminated. She filed her first charge of discrimination on January 11, 1973 and commenced her assignment at Store No. 24 on January 15, 1973.

K&B's evidence has demonstrated that, despite Capaci's ability to fill prescriptions accurately, she was a poor employee, and was such a problem in every store that she worked after 1965 that the managers requested that she be transferred. In rebuttal Capaci contends that K&B's reasons are pretextual because the male pharmacists and managers were also tardy and used the telephone for personal calls, and they were nevertheless promoted.[36]

*346 Capaci's faults were "little faults" that the males at K&B were admittedly guilty of also, but she overdid them to the point that they were magnified into a problem in the smooth operation of a store, and she compounded the magnification by being unwilling or unable to overcome them. Her poor performance record was sufficient to prevent her from being qualified for a management position. An employer cannot be expected to consider such an unsatisfactory employee as qualified for promotion.

Anthony Russo impressed the court with his sincerity in having tried to help Capaci overcome her deficits as an employee, and he gave up after five years with the realization that he had accomplished nothing. She never changed her poor work habits and no manager thereafter had patience with her shortcomings. All of the managers were believable in their frustration at not being able to manager her.

K&B, therefore, has articulated a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for failing to promote Capaci. Capaci has failed to show that its reason was pretextual, and thus has failed to discharge her burden of proof to show that K&B discriminated against her on the basis of her gender in failing to promote her to a management position.

 

The Sexual Harassment Claim

Capaci testified to several unsupported allegations of encounters with sexual overtones with male employees which were never brought to the attention of their superiors in management. She charges also that Donald Mortenson, manager of Store No. 13, put his hands on her breasts on an occasion when they were near the time clock at closing time. She did not report the incident when it occurred, but reported it later on to LeBlanc the store supervisor.

LeBlanc confronted Mortenson with her accusation, and Mortenson denied that the incident described had occurred. His version to LeBlanc was that she was standing in front of the time clock reading her card and he reached past her to punch the clock, but he did not touch her. LeBlanc did not believe that Capaci was lying, but he knew nothing in the past of Mortenson that would cause him to believe that Mortenson would engage in such unacceptable conduct with an employee. He never could be sure of the truth of the matter, but he concluded that something did happen Mortenson perhaps did touch her but he could not conclude it to be as serious a touching as represented by Capaci.

He spoke seriously to Mortenson about the matter, telling him that the company would not tolerate such conduct, and indicating to him strongly that such conduct would place his job in jeopardy. Capaci was not satisfied that he did not accept her version completely and fire Mortenson, or have him reprimanded from the executive office.

Capaci alleges that K&B was aware of other incidents of management employees sexually molesting female employees. Louise Orgeron testified that at some time she was molested by a relief manager Bobby Graham. She did not report the incident, but Larry Farmer testified that he reported it to William Serda. Feltman was never notified of this incident, but when Graham was reported in another incident for making sexually suggestive remarks, Feltman talked him into resigning. Feltman fired another manager in Baton Rouge for such behavior.

Thomas Gereighty admitted on cross-examination that he was reported to Feltman for having grabbed a female employee, but there is no evidence that the report was not investigated. The female involved did not testify.

Capaci has not shown that K&B failed to investigate her complaint of improper sexual advances or that it took inappropriate action. Her evidence is wholly inadequate to show that K&B had a policy or condition of employment permitting or *347 condoning untoward sexual behavior against female employees. The sexual harassment claim must therefore be denied.

 

The Harassment and Retaliation Claims

Capaci claims that after filing charges with the EEOC, she was harassed by (1) the intentional building of her personnel file; (2) acts of her supervisors resulting from their being encouraged to harass her; (3) denial of a routine wage increase that was granted to most employees; (4) discharge from her employment.

 

(1) The Building of the Personnel File

The evidence shows that Capaci's personnel file contains more documentation of disciplinary matters after 1970 than before that time for two reasons. Before 1970 and the expansion of the K&B operation disciplinary matters were handled person-to-person with no documentation. Incident reports were made of matters mostly involving customers which might involve company liability. After 1970 disciplinary matters were documented in disciplinary reports. By June or July 1973 Feltman had instructed the store supervisors and the manager at Store No. 24, to which Capaci was assigned, to document all things out of the ordinary or unusual in Capaci's performance. He testified that he did this not to harass her but to correct the error K&B had made in not having her performance documented previous to her charge.

Feltman's avowed purpose was to have documented anything that occurred of importance relating to the EEOC investigation of Capaci's charges. The result of his instructions, however, was the building of a file which included reports of trivial, petty, insignificant events involving Capaci, which would never have appeared in the file of another employee. These could serve no purpose other than to impart to Capaci a sense of harassment. K&B attempts to lessen the importance of the large file built on Capaci by pointing out Feltman's admission that he gave the petty matters no weight. The weight which he gave them, however, does not lessen their impact as harassment to Capaci.

 

(2) The Acts of the Supervisors

The accusations of harassing acts are directed mainly at James McAllister, the nonpharmacist manager of Store No. 24, and Tim Rosenstein, the chief pharmacist at that store. Capaci contends that she was consistently and routinely locked out of the store so as to cause her to be late. A manager trainee for a few months at Store No. 24, Larry Farmer, testified that McAllister instructed him not to unlock the door for Capaci before the store opened at 8:00 A. M. McAllister denied that he told anyone to lock her out. Farmer did not make clear how often Capaci was locked out, and the claim that it was routine is not established.

McAllister and Rosenstein allegedly screamed at her and embarrassed her in front of customers and other employees. She admitted that Rosenstein's attitude and treatment of her could have been caused by her termination of a dating relationship, which took place before they were employed at Store No. 24, when Rosenstein asked her to have an intimate relationship with him. That McAllister made complaints to her in louder than a normal voice is confirmed by Dan Barrere, an assistant manager at the store. His tone could have been due to frustration, rather than an effort to harass her. According to her, she ignored him would listen to what he had to complain about and just walk away.

Capaci further complains that they regularly made distressing, even threatening comments to her. What she took seriously to be threats were two incidents. On one occasion when she was going up the stairs Rosenstein told her she was going to accidentally trip, and on another Rosenstein and McAllister were allegedly discussing ways to kill her within her hearing.

Capaci testified that she had no cause to accuse K&B of being responsible for trouble she had with her automobile, but she suspected them. She testified that she had 18 flat tires in the month after she filed this suit, her valve stems were cut and wires in her car were pulled loose. She could produce *348 bills for only two of the incidents. She explained that she had given all of the bills to a previous attorney, and he must have thrown all of them away except those around the store. One of these was for a blowout which happened at a place away from the store, and the other was for a valve stem. She testified that some of the trouble occurred at her apartment.

Rosenstein was aware of her tire trouble. According to him she had bad tires and her wheels were not aligned. Feltman was made aware of the trouble she was having with her tires, but he did not investigate it because it was occurring on the street. Capaci testified that she parked on the streets around the store, and not in the K&B parking lot.

The evidence on the harassment complaints against Capaci's supervisors is not sufficient to establish a pattern for the court to infer that they resulted from Feltman's encouraging K&B's supervisory personnel to harass her. Capaci's testimony made clear that she considered any complaint of her work a harassment, and that she suspected that the harassment was done on orders from Feltman. She had no more than her suspicion, however, to substantiate such a charge against him. Nor were the alleged acts of harassment of such an intensity that Feltman was aware or should have been aware of them as harassment.

The evidence as to the tire and other automobile trouble is not sufficient to place responsibility on K&B for it, or responsibility for investigating it.

 

(3) The Wage Increase

Capaci charges that the denial of a wage increase to her in August 1973 was in retaliation for her filing the charge with the EEOC. K&B points out that this was not a routine wage increase, but a merit increase which she was denied on account of her unsatisfactory job performance. Capaci characterizes the fact that nineteen other pharmacists were passed over for this raise as a "coverup" for K&B's retaliation. The circumstances do not show the denial of the wage increase was an act of retaliation.

 

(4) The Discharge of Capaci

Capaci was discharged for her handling of a prescription customer in what is referred to as the Lambremont incident. Capaci presents the incident and her subsequent discharge as treatment accorded a highly regarded pharmacist of 12 years' standing a competent, conscientious, dedicated employee, and urges that her discharge for this incident can be regarded only as retaliation for filing her EEOC charge. K&B views the incident in the light of her past problems in work performance as the "last straw".

The incident occurred on Friday evening, March 14, 1975. Capaci's schedule was from 1:30 in the afternoon until 10:00 p. m. Her co-pharmacist Carroll Culley, who was on the middle shift, 10:00 a. m. to 6:30 p. m., checked out at 6:43 p. m. Capaci was the sole pharmacist on duty after that time. JoAnn Lambremont gave the drug clerk Verna Vicknair a prescription for her sister Libby Lambremont, and it was stamped in at 6:36 p. m.

According to Capaci, Culley had hardly got to the front of the store when she noticed a woman in line at the prescription counter folding her arms, stamping her feet and complaining to the other customers in line. She picked up the waiting envelopes and called out names until she reached Lambremont. She then called Lambremont to come forward and Lambremont stepped up into the pharmacy department.

Capaci contends that Lambremont could not have been waiting more than seven minutes, based on the time that Culley checked out. Lambremont testified that she had been in line 40 minutes long enough for her sister to go through a long line at the bank across the street and come into the drug store. Libby Lambremont testified that she was at the bank for 25 or 30 minutes and in K&B five or ten minutes before her sister was called by Capaci. Another customer Mrs. Langdon H. Stone, Jr., whose prescription was stamped in at 6:31 p. m., wrote a complaining letter to K&B the next day about her 50-minute wait for *349 her prescription, during which only one other prescription was filled.

The truth of the matter is probably that Lambremont was in line somewhat less than 40 minutes, but considerably more than seven minutes before the incident.

Capaci testified that she approached Lambremont with an attitude of concern and helpfulness.[37] She told Lambremont that, if she were in pain, she would give her a pill from her prescription, and she could go the fountain and wait. The prescription was for the drug Valium, but Capaci denies that she had looked at the prescription to know what it was for. Then, according to Capaci, Lambremont became hysterical and screamed that she was not Libby Lambremont, was not in pain and did not want a pill. She demanded "Are you telling me that I need a tranquilizer?", grabbed the prescription and complained to the other customers and the assistant manager in charge of the store, Nicholas Loyacano, about Capaci's treatment of her.

JoAnn Lambremont, a medical secretary at the Seafarer's medical clinic for 10 years, testified that she construed Capaci's attitude as being bossy with her. Capaci told her she was antagonizing the other customers, and that, if she was so nervous, she would give her a pill. She was embarrassed, furious and insulted by Capaci's calling her forward and speaking to her thus. She agreed that she might have snatched the prescription out of Capaci's hand.

No one overheard their conversation. Judging by Lambremont's furious reaction, Capaci did not get across to her any attitude of concern or helpfulness. Capaci's testimony is clear that she was irritated by Lambremont's antagonistic behavior in line, and, regardless of whether she offered her a pill for pain or nervousness, she more than likely expressed her irritation to Lambremont.

When Lambremont complained to the assistant manager, he apologized for the discourteous service. Her anger continued, however, and after going home, she called Capaci on the telephone, and told her how unethical and unprofessional it was to offer her a pill out of a prescription that was not hers.

The assistant manager Loyacano testified that his attention was on some suspected shoplifters before the incident, but that, while standing in the pharmacy area, he had observed Capaci talking on the telephone for a time he estimated to be 20 minutes. Vicknair confirmed that no prescriptions came out while Lambremont was waiting. Lambremont testified that Capaci was talking to somebody, or primping her hair, or looking in a mirror, but she was not doing anything to get the prescriptions out. Capaci recalled that she was very busy with a compound prescription that she could not fill because she lacked one of the ingredients, and with a welfare prescription for a child which presented the problem of identifying the child with the name on the prescription.

The following week Feltman investigated the incident by having JoAnn Lambremont come to his office, and by interviewing Loyacano, Culley, Vicknair and Crispino, a drug clerk who was on a break at the time of the incident. As a result he determined that Capaci should be terminated. He discussed the matter with counsel, put it before Besthoff who agreed with his recommendation to terminate her, and Capaci was discharged on March 22, 1975.

Feltman discharged Capaci for three reasons:

1. She took an inordinate amount of time getting prescriptions filled that evening, creating customer dissatisfaction;

2. She invited a customer into the prescription department against company policy; and

3. She offered medication to a waiting customer who was not the person for whom the medication was intended.

After Culley left, the evidence is clear that Capaci was slow in getting prescriptions out. She exercised bad judgment *350 in handling Lambremont in a way to offend her.

Allowing a customer into the prescription department was against company policy designed to keep customers away from the area where narcotics and dangerous drugs were kept. Besthoff testified that a pharmacist had some discretion to allow a customer into the department under exceptional circumstances. The evidence does not indicate that any exceptional circumstances were present in the Lambremont incident.

Offering medication to a waiting customer was considered appropriate on occasion. Offering medication to a person for whom it was not prescribed was a pharmaceutical error, but the error is less grievous under the circumstance of JoAnn Lambremont bringing her sister's prescription to be filled. The offer was not made by Capaci knowingly, and the real mistake was her failure to ascertain that JoAnn Lambremont was waiting for her own prescription before making such an offer.

Capaci argues that Feltman's reasons were pretextual. Feltman's reasons were not the usual reasons that would prompt the discharge of a pharmacist at K&B gross dishonesty or irregular handling of narcotics. If Capaci had been a highly regarded employee as she characterizes herself, the action taken against her for this incident would undoubtedly have been less than termination. No such high regard was held for her as an employee, however. On the contrary, Feltman, the store supervisors LeBlanc and Levet, and Serda the personnel director were in accord that she should be terminated before her charge was filed. The filing of her charge had no relevance to their evaluation of her as an employee. Capaci urges that it is highly significant that Feltman did not ask her for her version of the incident before deciding to discharge her. Feltman testified that his experience with Capaci convinced him that discussions with her were futile.

Capaci was not terminated for some 26 months after the charge. Feltman described her attitude after she filed her charge as having placed herself in a protective cocoon. She refused after a time to sign any disciplinary reports or give her version of the incidents on advice of counsel. Her problems in performance were never worked out. As her chief pharmacist Tim Rosenstein described her, she could be an efficient pharmacist when she wanted to be and, when she did not want to be, there was nothing management could do about it. The Lambremont incident was apparently serious enough to Besthoff to cause him to agree with Feltman that the problems presented by Capaci's performance were not going to be straightened out.

Under all the circumstances, Capaci has not shown that her discharge was a retaliatory action.

 

CONCLUSION

I conclude that Andra Capaci has not proved by a preponderance of the evidence her claim that she was denied promotion to a management position on the basis of her sex, or that she was subjected to sexual harassment, or that she was discharged in retaliation for the filing of her sex discrimination charges. She has proved harassment in retaliation for the filing of the charges by K&B's intentional building of her personnel file. Her other retaliatory harassment claims were not proved.

NOTES

[1] Prior to her employment as a registered pharmacist, Capaci was hired by K&B as a part time student pharmacist and received credit for this work in the Loyola School of Pharmacy where she was a student.

[2] According to the combined data of the 1973 EEO-1 forms for headquarters and stores, the sales workers were 92% female, office and clerical workers 87% female, and service workers 75% female, but of a total of 201 officials and managers, only 3, or 1.49%, were female.

[3] The lower bound was derived by selecting the smallest fraction female among the weighted areas.

[4] Dr. Gastwirth also included the Civilian Labor Force for the State of Louisiana, having .3431 fraction female, as a referent group in the test, but he admitted in his testimony that it was not the most appropriate referent group, and he made no effort to sustain it as a source pool for K&B's managerial force.

[5] This test has value to illustrate the approach of Dr. Gastwirth in this case, but has little probative value on the issue of gender discrimination. The test was admitted by Dr. Gastwirth to have been done only as a preliminary matter, and to be less than definitive because the data used for the test from the 1973 EEO-1 report could not be regarded as reliable for his purposes and because the data included employment decisions made pre-Civil Rights Act. K&B brought out on cross-examination also that by this test he had compared managers, assistant managers and chief pharmacists, all of whom are promoted exclusively from within, not with the internal work force, but with external groups.

[6] The Civilian Labor Force and All Managers group was included in this test. Dr. Gastwirth's discussion of the test shows that he did not consider that the manager trainee group at K&B should mirror the All Managers group in Louisiana, and he did not demonstrate how the entire civilian labor force was an appropriate group for comparison with the manager trainees.

[7] The $7,000.00 salary cutoff was chosen because Gastwirth did not consider, given the salary at K&B, that anyone making more than $7,000.00 would apply for the manager trainee job.

[8] Both sides are in agreement generally that in a case such as this the hypothesis that a difference in proportions male and female is the result of chance should be rejected in favor of the conclusion that the difference occurred for other reasons when the test results indicate that the probability of the difference occurring by chance is one in a hundred or less .01 level of significance.

[9] Generally, it is recognized that comparative labor force data or comparative applicant flow data can be used. The choice depends on the surrounding circumstances as they affect relevance and reliability. Hazelwood School District v. United States, 433 U.S. 299, 97 S. Ct. 2736, 53 L. Ed. 2d 768 (1977); Dothard v. Rawlinson, 433 U.S. 321, 97 S. Ct. 2720, 53 L. Ed. 2d 786 (1977). The most appropriate comparison would be the actual hires to the applicants. Since applicant flow information was lacking in this case, except for the years 1976-1977, it was acceptable for the EEOC to look for any relevant labor force data. See Baldus-Cole, Statistical Proof of Discrimination, p. 103 (1980).

[10] A source group is a pool of all who are potentially qualified and available for the job under study. A comparison group is a similar work force or job in a similar industry which, because of its similarity, can be reliably compared to the work force under study.

[11] Dr. Cranny's approach reduced the possibility of the test results showing a non-chance reason for the difference in proportion male and female hires because he reduced the totals used by Dr. Gastwirth to samples of small size. Dr. Cranny was aware that it is difficult to get statistically significant results with small samples. It has been recognized that statistical evidence based on small samples has a limited value in employment discrimination cases to prove disparate treatment of a minority group. Hornick v. Duryea, 507 F. Supp. 1091 (M.D.Pa. 1980) and cases cited therein; see Thompson v. Leland Police Department, 633 F.2d 1111 (5th Cir. 1980).

[12] Dr. Cranny reported the results of his statistical tests in the following chart:

 
                      "REFERENT GROUPS"
     ------------------------------------------------------------
    | YEARS     |  1   |  2   |  3   |  4   |  5   |  6   |  7   |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    |           | .01* |      |      |      | .05* |      |      |
    | 7-12-1965 | .05  | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    |           |      |      | .05* |      |      |      |      |
    | 1966      | .01  | N.S. | N.S. | .05  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    |           |      |      | .01* |      |      | .05* |      |
    | 1967      | .01  | .05  | .05  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|-------|
    |           |      |      |      |      |      | .05* | .05* |
    | 1968      | .01  | .05  | .01  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|----------|
    |           |      |      |      |      |      | .05* | .05* |
    | 1969      | .01  | .05  | .01  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|-------|
    |           |      |      |      |      |      | .01* | .01* |
    | 1970      | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .05  | .05  |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|-------|
    | 1971      | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .05  | .05   |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|-------|
 
    | 1972      | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    | 1973      | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  | .01  |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    |           |      | .01* |      |      |      | .01* | .01* |
    | 1974      | .01  | .05  | .01  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    | 1975      | .01  | .05  | .01  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    | 1976      | .01  | .05  | .05  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    | 1977      | .01  | N.S. | .05  | .01  | .01  | N.S. | N.S. |
    |-----------|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|
    | 1978      | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. | N.S. |
     ------------------------------------------------------------
* Corrections made by Dr. Cranny.

[13] Dr. Gastwirth's testimony leaves no doubt that he had the feeling as a statistician that "out there" somewhere was an appropriate group that, when compared to K&B's manager trainee force, would show discrimination against females. He calculated that any group having more than two percent females would cause a rejection of the hypothesis that 265 males and 0 females were chosen like a random sample, and the inference that the under representation of females occurred by chance would also be rejected.

[14] This date was selected as a starting date because that was the earliest date of appointment of a female as a pharmacist who was still employed in July 1965.

[15] One of K&B's statistical tests corrected data produced by the EEOC relating to the proportion of male and female student-graduate pharmacist hired from July 1965 through December 31, 1977, and tested the corrected data with a non-significant result. The EEOC does not mention student-graduate pharmacists in its post-trial brief and apparently does not rely on its student graduate evidence.

[16] Combined 1965-1973 1974-1978 1965-1978 Months Female Male Female Male Female Male *Over 200 2 1 0 3 2 4 190-199 0 1 0 0 0 1 180-189 0 0 0 0 0 0 170-179 0 0 0 1 0 1 160-169 0 0 0 0 0 0 150-159 0 0 0 0 0 0 140-149 0 0 0 0 0 0 130-139 0 0 0 0 0 0 120-129 0 1 0 1 0 2 110-119 0 0 0 0 0 0 100-109 0 0 0 1 0 1 90-99 0 0 0 1 0 1 80-89 0 0 0 0 0 0 70-79 1 0 0 2 1 2 60-69 0 4 0 4 0 8 50-59 0 1 0 2 0 3 40-49 0 2 0 4 0 6 30-39 1 4 0 3 1 7 20-29 1 8 0 5 1 13 10-19 0 8 2 8 2 16 1-9 0 2 1 5 1 7 __ __ __ __ __ __ Totals: 5 32 3 40 8 72 Mdn: 29 31 27 *Over 200 months: F: 229 & 453 months M: 280, 285, 483 & 489 months

[17] Some apparent inconsistency in the data produced by Dr. Gastwirth before trial and used by Dr. Cranny in his tests would have had to be resolved for such testing. Neither side mentioned these discrepancies at trial or in post-trial brief. In two of Dr. Cranny's tests one for chief pharmacist promotion, and one for assistant manager promotion he used the period July 1965 through December 1973 and the total number of pharmacists in each test was the number of each sex working for K&B as pharmacists during the period. For the chief pharmacist test the total is shown to be 215 male, 33 female; for the store-wide management test the total is shown to be 242 male, 39 female. Another possible complication of the data problem is the total shown for the shorter period in another of Dr. Cranny's tests July, 1965 through January 1, 1973 215 male, 33 female, identical numbers for the totals in the chief pharmacist test.

[18] As pointed out previously in a small sample size, a large discrepancy in the comparison groups may not produce a result of statistical significance.

[19] The information for these two groups is from Health, Education and Welfare, Division of Manpower Intelligence Report "Registered Pharmacists in Louisiana 1973). This report did not provide comparative data on male and female pharmacists in managerial positions.

[20] This group was taken by Dr. Cranny from one of the exhibits prepared by Dr. Gastwirth in which he weighted the census data in proportion to the number of stores located in a market area.

[21] Although she testified that she would have considered employment in New Orleans also, there is no indication that she made this known to any K&B personnel.

[22] She was later promoted to relief manager, but personal and emotional problems caused her work performance to deteriorate and she was separated from K&B in 1978.

[23] In her testimony she admitted to having a "sort of inferiority complex" and thinking she was not quite good enough.

[24] She was demoted from assistant manager to relief manager in 1961, and further demoted from relief manager to pharmacist in 1963.

[25] The promotions occurred in the following sequence: 1947-1; 1953-2; 1954-2; 1955-1; 1961-1; 1965-2.

[26] It shall be an unlawful employment practice of an employer, ..., to print or publish or cause to be printed or published any notice or advertisement relating to employment by such an employer ... indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, except that such a notice or advertisement may indicate a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, sex, or national origin when religion, sex, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification for employment.

[27] A sample of ads appearing in each column on July 11, 1965 read as follows:

 
    MANAGER TRAINEE                 COUNTER GIRL
  20 to 35 with high school       Soda Department
  education or equivalent to      Permanent Positions
  train for store management      Open in your neighborhood
  in expanding chain. Local       $48 Week Plus Tips
  references.
                                  KATZ & BESTHOFF
  $82.50 week                     900 Camp St.
  Rapid Advancement. Usual
  large company benefits include
  retirement plan.
  Mr. Olsen
  KATZ & BESTHOFF
  900 Camp St.

[28] An ad with neutral wording placed in a female column was found not to be a violation by the EEOC itself in its agency decision on May 18, 1969 in case number XX-XX-XXXE.

[29] PERSONNEL DIRECTOR

Charge of complete Personnel Department and program

K&B

Exceptional opportunity to join leading local group of retail stores now expanding. We are seeking a vital, aggressive man who is ready to realize his potential.

Salary open, unexcelled company benefits. Requirement: college graduate; age, 30 or above; experienced in field.

Send complete resume in confidence to: Mr. W. Feltman, in care of KATZ AND BESTHOFF

900 Camp Street New Orleans, La. 70130

[30] Comprehensive guidelines indicating that placement of ads in columns headed by the designation "male" or "female" would be considered an expression of preference based on sex was adopted by the EEOC on April 5, 1972.

[31] In McDonnell Douglas, a racial discrimination case, the Supreme Court indicated that a plaintiff could establish a prima facie case under Title VII by showing: (i) that he belongs to a racial minority; (ii) that he applied and was qualified for a job for which the employer was seeking applicants; (iii) that, despite his qualifications, he was rejected; and (iv) that, after his rejection, the position remained open and the employer continued to seek applicants from persons of complainant's qualifications. At the same time the Court recognized that the formula would have to be modified to fit varying fact situations presented by other Title VII cases.

[32] The view of the Fifth Circuit in Burdine that a defendant has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence the existence of a nondiscriminatory reason was rejected by the Supreme Court, and that burden is "to articulate some legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason" for its action.

[33] Capaci apparently enjoyed assisting in the cosmetic department and would do so voluntarily, absenting herself from the pharmacy department. She revealed her interest to Feltman when the position of cosmetic supervisor was created in 1967 as he recalled by requesting that job. He responded by telling her that the low salary in comparison to what she was making as a pharmacist made it unattractive for her. Capaci denies that she ever made such a request of Feltman.

[34] A store supervisor is responsible for the efficient management and smooth operation of a group of stores.

[35] Serda evaluated her in his deposition as unstable and immature. Capaci realized by this time that Feltman and Levet wanted her terminated.

[36] She contends also that her gender was the real reason for her not being promoted because Feltman told her in 1969 when she asked him for promotion to chief pharmacist that K&B did not promote women into management. It is difficult to understand how Feltman could have made that remark to her in light of the fact that K&B had promoted two females to the chief pharmacist position a short time previously, and how she would have taken him seriously if he had made such a remark.

[37] Capaci also testified that, from the moment she saw Lambremont's behavior in line, she suspected a "set up" as part of a plan to fire her, but she was not able to substantiate this suspicion.